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Supporting Aboriginal Enterprise


The State Government’s spending and procurement practices can provide a massive opportunity for the State to leverage Aboriginal economic participation outcomes.

The Aboriginal Economic Participation initiatives include increasing the number and diversity of Aboriginal businesses successfully winning State Government contracts. This initiative also provides incentive for lead contractors to create opportunities for Aboriginal employment and enterprise and will identify Aboriginal businesses across South Australia capable of providing goods and services directly to government.

The successful industry engagement strategies developed by the Office of the Industry Advocate will continue to provide networking opportunities and build confidence for owner operators of Aboriginal Enterprises to engage in Government contracts. Further to this, a priority will be to work with Agencies to identify opportunities within their forward procurement plans for each region.

The Office of the Industry Advocate has created a Tender Ready Checklist for South Australian Businesses to assist Aboriginal owned businesses seeking to provide goods and services to State Government Agencies and government funded projects.

Please check you have accessed all of the services below to raise your profile; build your capacity and capability; and increase your success quoting and tendering for State Government contracts:

Aboriginal Business Connect –  An initiative of the State Government and developed in partnership with Supply Nation, Aboriginal Business Connect is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to procure from a South Australian Business that is 50% or more Aboriginal owned. Regular updating of profile will ensure an accurate scope of your business is provided to all potential buyers.

Attend a Supplying to Government Workshop – These two hour workshops are generally limited to 10-15 attendees and provide an overview of the tendering process including an understanding of Industry Participation Plans, Economic Contribution Tests and the State Government’s forward procurement plans. The sessions are delivered regularly by the Office of the Industry Advocate in both metropolitan and regional locations. To register your interest click here.

Register with SA Tenders and Contracts for email updates This State Government site lists tender opportunities across major agencies and some local government. Registration for email updates will ensure you are notified of tenders as they are released. One email is sent daily with recently released tenders listed.

For further information, please contact our office on 8226 8956 and ask to speak to our Industry Advocate Consultant.

  • Testimonial - Liddiard Group We are very appreciative of the practical and strategic work the Office of Industry Advocate does in supporting the potential for our Aboriginal owned small to medium enterprises. It is this strategic support that will help our business to grow and increase in capacity to employ more Aboriginal workers across South Australia. - Andrea Harms, Executive Director
  • Case Study - Northern Connector/ SEM Group As the massive Northern Connector road project moves into full swing opportunities for local businesses and local jobs continue to grow. Recently a traffic control contract was awarded to Salisbury Earth ... Read More
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