New home for Aboriginal Business Directory

Wirra Hub is encouraging Indigenous enterprises to list on the new-look Aboriginal Business Directory WA to take advantage of attractive State Government procurement terms offered as a COVID-19 stimulus measure.

Speaking at a relaunch of ABDWA at business advisory Wirra Hub, general manager Shane Devitt said the register was now integrated with the CCIWA-managed ICN Gateway web platform, making it even more useful for businesses looking for work prospects.

“It is another channel, another source of opportunity,” he said.

ABDWA, which currently has 675 registered businesses, is widely used by procurement entities to find Aboriginal businesses that may be suitable for project tenders.

Devitt urged suppliers on this directory is to ensure that their profiles are up to date and to use the right key words to be effectively identifiable to potential buyers.

He said another reason to register, and update existing profiles, was to take advantage of the temporary streamlining of State Government agency procurement policies enacted last month by Treasurer Ben Wyatt.

Wyatt said the Department of Finance would provide a co-ordinated response with agencies to introduce changes to works procurement that includes:

  • allowing agencies to purchase direct from a local business up to $250,000;
  • lifting the threshold for public tender processes up to $500,000 when at least one local business is involved; and
  • enabling agencies to obtain written quotations – in place of a tender – between $250,000 and $500,000, where one or more local businesses can supply.

The changes apply until at least December 31.

CCIWA Manager Ray Loh told the relaunch that integrating ABDWA with ICN Gateway meant it was easier for suppliers to participate in all the opportunities listed on the site, including major resources, Metronet and Main Roads projects.

Loh said the new-look directory was much easier to use and more contemporary than its previous incarnation on the old Project Connect platform.

Story courtesy of ICN.