Procurement Manager says every organisation needs to be committed to Indigenous business


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:




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