This policy comes into effect 1 July 2018
The NSW Government’s new Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) announced earlier this year, commences from 1 July 2018. The APP will create opportunities for Aboriginal owned businesses and encourage Aboriginal employment through the supply chain of NSW Government goods and services contracts.
The APP aims to award Aboriginal owned businesses three per cent of the total number of domestic contracts for goods and services issued by NSW Government agencies by 2021.
In conjunction with the Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APIC) policy, the APP aims to support an estimated 3,000 full time equivalent employment opportunities for Aboriginal people through NSW Government procurement activities by 2021.
NSW Government agencies are required to consider opportunities for Aboriginal participation for all goods and services procurements valued over $10 million and can directly procure goods and services valued up to $250,000 (excl. GST) from suitably-qualified Aboriginal owned businesses.
To support the monitoring of the APP targets and requirements, agencies will be required to disclose contracts awarded to Aboriginal owned businesses valued over $50,000 and suppliers must report monthly against individual contract’s Aboriginal participation requirements through the Aboriginal Participation Portal.