Australian Disability Enterprises
- You have access to a single marketplace of disability enterprises.
- They have significant experience with large government projects.
- BuyAbility will tailor your proposal from scope to invoicing.
- There are some factors to be considered.
What is an Australian Disability Enterprise?
An Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) is a not-for-profit organisation that employs people with disabilities. ADEs have the same working conditions as other employers and they empower the disabled to contribute to their communities.
ADEs range from small nurseries to large product assembly lines.
Types of work
The work of Australian Disability Enterprises spans the hospitality, retail, manufacturing, recycling and horticulture industries. It includes businesses specialising in:
- scanning and digitisation
- packaging and assembly
- mailing fulfilment production
- 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, as well as significant experience in working on large government projects.
What to consider
When you buy from an ADE, you still need to consider whether it meets our procurement objectives. This includes considering:
- whole of life costs
- product servicing
- fitness for purpose
- any value-adding components such as meeting the government’s economic, social and environmental objectives.
Buy from an Australia Disability Enterprise
There’s no limit on the maximum contract value you can buy from an ADE. You also only need to get a single quote.
BuyAbility Procurement, an initiative of National Disability Services, can guide you through buying the process.
When you contact BuyAbility, they’ll tailor a proposal for you. They’ll:
- scope your requirements
- source suppliers
- help with a request for quote
- help to deliver the product or service
- assist with ongoing management of the contract and the invoicing
For more information, please contact:
- Select suppliers: Get an overview of your obligations when it comes to selecting suppliers.
- Evaluation criteria: Discover the criteria you must use to evaluate suppliers’ bids and proposals.
- Probity and fairness: Get an understanding of your obligations when it comes to probity and fairness.
- Supporting SMEs: Discover your special obligations to SMEs and regional businesses when selecting suppliers.
- Low-value contracts: Read about the special rules that apply when selecting suppliers for low-value contracts.
- Aboriginal businesses: Read about the special rules concerning Aboriginal businesses.