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.

Section 5 of the Public Works and Procurement Regulation 2014 underpins this initiative.

Approved Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are commercial businesses that provide employment for people with a disability.

ADEs can be found on BuyAbility, an initiative of National Disability Services

Search for ADEs.

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.

Support with engaging approved Australian Disability Enterprises

National Disability Services (NDS) has been engaged to promote procurement activities from eligible ADEs. 

NDS is also funded to help agencies to make contact with eligible disability employers who can meet their procurement needs.

NDS supplements the Procurement Certification Training at level 2 run by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) in association with NSW Procurement.

For more information, please contact:

Helen Bednar
National Business Manager
Ph: 02 9256 3113
Fax: 02 9256 3123
Mob: 0448 047 906

Simon Scrase
Business Manager NSW, BuyAbility Procurement
Ph: 02 9256 3101
Fax: 02 9256 3123
Mob: 0436 658 037