Since June last year, federal governments are committed to a percentage of domestic contracts being assigned to Indigenous companies. The target is 0.5 per cent to go to small and medium Indigenous companies by 2015-2016, which will rise to 3 per cent by 2019-2020.
Ian Rudgley, Procurement Manager at City of Sydney Council became an indigenous procurement champion after attending aboriginal cultural awareness training.
In an interview he says: “It was a paradigm shift in my thought process. I understand their problems from a commercial, business point of view and it really gave me a better idea of how to engage and help them. I was treating Aboriginal start-ups the same as other businesses [before]. It had a profound effect on me.
“I think each organisation needs to be committed. We certainly are at the city.”
Read more of the interview here: http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2016/02/local-councils-back-indigenous-procurement-drive/