Australian Disability Enterprises

The NSW Government wants to support businesses that employ people with a disability. These businesses are known as Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs).

NSW Government agencies may buy goods and services from approved ADEs via a single written quote. This includes goods or services on whole-of-government contracts. Value for money must still be achieved. This is underpinned by the Public Works and Procurement Regulation 2019.

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What is an Australian Disability Enterprise?

An Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) is a not-for-profit business that employs people with disability.

ADEs offer similar working conditions as other employers and an opportunity for people with a disability to contribute and connect to their local community.

To see the list of ADEs visit the BuyAbility website.

Types of work

ADEs engage in a wide variety of work such as:

  • scanning and digitisation
  • packaging and assembly
  • mailing fulfilment production
  • recycling
  • secure document destruction
  • screen printing
  • plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping
  • cleaning and laundry services
  • motor vehicle cleaning
  • food services.

Many ADEs have quality assurance systems in place and also have significant experience in working on large government projects.

Assessing value for money

When agencies wish to procure from ADEs, all factors need to be considered relevant to the goods or service being purchased. These include:

  • whole of life costs
  • experience
  • quality
  • reliability
  • timeliness
  • delivery
  • innovation
  • product servicing
  • fitness for purpose
  • any value adding components such as meeting the government’s economic, social and environmental objectives.

Sourcing and engaging Australian Disability Enterprises

NSW Government buyers can contact BuyAbility Procurement, a National Disability Services (NDS) service, for help to source and engage ADEs.

BuyAbility Procurement operates a contract management approach, providing a one-stop shop where buyers can ask NDS to source ADEs who have the capability and capacity to fulfill its requirement. NDS also manages the contractual compliance.

For more information, please contact:

Helen Bednar
National Business Manager
Phone: 02 9256 3113
Mobile: 0448 047 906

Simon Scrase
Business Manager NSW, BuyAbility Procurement
Phone: 02 9256 3101
Mobile: 0436 658 037