Why is this important?

Councils are major consumers in local economies, especially in rural and regional areas.

They can play a greater role in supporting Aboriginal economic development by purchasing goods and services from Aboriginal owned and run businesses. A business relationship can benefit council, the Aboriginal business and the local community.

It is also important for Councils to be aware of Commonwealth and State Government Aboriginal Procurement policies and strategies to ensure the benefits of these initiatives are extended to Aboriginal businesses across all Victorian local government areas.

Commonwealth and State Government Aboriginal Procurement policies and strategies

Tharamba Bugheen Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy 2017-2021

Victorian Social Procurement Framework April 2018

Commonwealth Indigenous Procurement Policy (2015)

Commonwealth Indigenous Procurement Policy fact sheet


What can your council do?

The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that 64% of councils have to varying levels procured some goods or services from Aboriginal  businesses. The services includes performance, heritage services, catering and land management.

Procurement chart

Good Practice Example

The City of Melbourne has developed an Aboriginal Procurement Strategy to help Aboriginal businesses supply their services to council. The City of Melbourne has set a target of 0.9 percent of its annual budget ($2.25 million) over three years. To commence and promote this strategy the City of Melbourne delivered an Aboriginal Supplier Expo in partnership with Supply Nation. The expo showcased a wide variety of service providers, from Aboriginal recruitment and catering to horticulture and construction. Open to all City of Melbourne employees, the expo was an opportunity for staff to meet Aboriginal service providers and better understand how they might procure goods and services from them. The City of Melbourne also participates in the Jawun Secondment Program, which connects council employees with the Aboriginal community across Australia through a six-week secondment program. Now in its second year, four City of Melbourne staff participate in the program each year.

Last Updated: June 8, 2018 at 6:23 pm

An Indigenous business is any business that is 50% or more Indigenous owned

Useful links

Need to find a local Aboriginal supplier?

The Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources maintains an up to date register of Aboriginal businesses in the Victorian Aboriginal Business Directory.

Supply Nation – national supplier diversity membership network 

Black Pages, National Indigenous Business Portal

Addressing the Indigenous Procurement policy in Government tenders

Indigenous Business Fact sheet 


Case study

When Nillumbik Shire Council
contracted an emerging Aboriginal
artist Judy Nicholson to create
artwork and carvings for the Panton
Hill Bushland Reserves and facilitate
cultural events, they also provided
support to assist the artist comply
with OH&S, contractual and insurance
requirements, and sponsorship to
develop artwork and facilitation skills.
This helped the artist expand her
artwork and profile, and also enabled
positive and valuable cross cultural
experiences for the community
attending events.

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