Finance and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt today launched the State’s first Aboriginal Procurement Policy at an Aboriginal Business Expo at Optus Stadium.
From July 1, 2018, government departments will be required to award one per cent of contracts to registered Aboriginal businesses, with this target increasing to two per cent on July 1, 2019 and three per cent on July 1, 2020.
The targets will apply to all government agencies and Government Trading Enterprises when purchasing goods, services, community services and works. The reporting of results of the policy will be publicly available on an annual basis.
The Department of Finance has undertaken extensive consultation with stakeholders on the implementation of the policy, and will roll out a targeted education and training program, ensuring government departments and Aboriginal businesses alike can maximise the potential of the policy.
Photo: Optus Stadium, Perth. Credit: Tama Leaver / Flickr