How’s this for a best-kept secret? Not many local governments or state government agencies are aware that there’s an exemption to ordinary procurement processes, which allows direct award of projects to listed majority-owned Aboriginal businesses. We think it’s a win-win situation.
Direct-award projects as part of an exemption to the standard procurement process by using a registered Indigenous corporation (listed on the Aboriginal business directory: www.abdwa.com.au).
This could not only result in a more efficient procurement process, but encourage participation in the solar industry by organisations with significant Indigenous ownership which indirectly addresses the gap in social and economic outcomes of individuals from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
This exemption is applicable for contracts with a value of $250,000 or less, and the engagement process must still involve demonstration of value for money.
We at Perdaman Advanced Energy work with great contractors who are registered Indigenous Corporations and encourage all of our clients to consider using this option. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you’d like to know more about this. Other options could be to include within the qualitative criteria of any Requests for Tender/Quotations (RFT/RFQ) Indigenous participation and/or evidence of a sound Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Bringing together efficient procurement and improved Indigenous social outcomes, we’re fully on board with this win-win arrangement. Explore your procurement options and share the benefits!
Did you know? Companies listed in ABDWA as majority-owned Indigenous businesses may be eligible for the direct award of projects from local and state government clients.