- The NSW Government is making it easier for Aboriginal businesses to work with us.
- We recommend agencies give first consideration to Aboriginal business for goods and services contracts up to $250,000.
- For contracts over $7.5 million, suppliers must consider opportunities for Aboriginal participation.
- You can register at our Supplier hub at any time to be included in a prequalification scheme to supply to government.
We encourage government agencies to buy from Aboriginal businesses
The NSW Government values the contribution that the First Economy makes to the community and supports the growth of Aboriginal-owned businesses.
The Aboriginal Procurement Policy 2021 (APP 2021) helps Aboriginal businesses get government contracts – directly and as sub-contractors.
The APP 2021 becomes effective for new contracts from 1 January 2021 and replaces the Aboriginal Procurement Policy (2018) PDF, 107.5 KB and Aboriginal Participation in Construction Policy (2018) PDF, 136.67 KB.
If you have an existing contract under the 2018 policies, the requirements of your contract won't change.
We've set ambitious targets to increase our spend with Aboriginal businesses
The revised APP sets ambitious targets for NSW Government clusters to spend 1% of addressable expenditure directly with Aboriginal businesses.
We've retained the target to direct 3% goods and services contracts to Aboriginal businesses. All NSW Government clusters have been assigned targets to reach to improve accountability. The targets and our progress towards them are available on this website.
Employing Aboriginal people in the industry is also one of our priorities.
Our policy aims to increase spend with Aboriginal businesses
The APP 2021 covers all NSW Government contracts -- for both construction and goods and services procurement.
The policy requires that, for procurements up to $250,000 (excl. GST), government agencies should first consider buying from an Aboriginal business directly even where there is a prequalification scheme in place – an Aboriginal business doesn’t need to be on a scheme for you to buy from them.
Agencies can buy from an Aboriginal business by requesting a single quote.
Where there’s no prequalification scheme, agencies can buy directly from Aboriginal businesses for contracts up to $250,000 even if there’s a whole-of-government arrangement already in place.
Contracts over $7.5 million
The APP 2021 requires that suppliers include a minimum 1.5% Aboriginal participation in all contracts over $7.5 million (excluding GST). This can include sub-contracting, employment and training activity.
Register for government work if you're an Aboriginal business
Under the APP 2021, Aboriginal businesses must be recognised as an Aboriginal business by a suitable organisation such as Supply Nation or the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
If you own an Aboriginal business and are recognised by either of these bodies, we encourage you to register for opportunities to supply to government.
We advertise most government opportunities on eTendering. Once you register to sell via our Supplier hub, you can respond to advertised tenders or apply to join relevant prequalification schemes. While this is not required to supply on procurements up to $250,000, prequalifying will increase the visibility of your business to buyers.
When you’re accepted on a prequalification scheme, you may be invited to quote for specific opportunities that fit your company’s profile. You’ll also often be able to apply for other opportunities more efficiently, using the information you’ve already uploaded.
If you are an Aboriginal business and interested in sub-contracting opportunities, you can search contracts awarded on eTendering. Here, you will be able to find details of suppliers that have been awarded contracts so that you can contact them to seek out any sub-contracting opportunities that may be available.
Register now on our Supplier hub so you can supply to NSW Government.
Our concierge service reaches out to Aboriginal businesses
The concierge service is an initiative to personally reach out to Aboriginal businesses throughout all of NSW and help them gain greater access to NSW Government procurement opportunities.
NSW Procurement will provide assistance in matching agency buyers, where possible, to Aboriginal businesses in all categories of work including ICT, construction, professional services and all other goods and services.
In addition, NSW Procurement can provide advice on various Aboriginal policies and practical advice, and examples on how to directly engage Aboriginal businesses subject to value for money outcomes.
Agency procurement unit contact list for suppliers
Cluster or Agency
Transport for NSW
NSW Health – Northern Sydney Local Health District
NSW Health – Hunter New England Local Health District
Ministry of Health
Healthshare NSW Local Tender & Contracts Team
Ambulance Service NSW
NSW Stronger Communities
Communities & Justice
Office of Sport
State Emergency Services
Rural Fire Service
NSW Education – DoE State Office
NSW Education Standards Authority
NSW Customer Service
Customer Service ICT Procurement
NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
NSW Premier & Cabinet – NSW Ombudsman
NSW Premier & Cabinet – Public Service Commission
Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
NSW Land & Housing Corporation
Infrastructure & Structured Finance Unit
Western City Aerotropolis Authority