The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is the latest Commonwealth department to become a member of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) and support certified Indigenous suppliers.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Joe Ludwig and Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib welcomed DAFF’s commitment to supporting Indigenous businesses.
“The Gillard Government is committed to supporting Indigenous economic development and providing access to Government procurement is one way we can do that,” Senator Ludwig said.
“With a large focus on rural and remote Australia, DAFF is well placed to provide opportunities to Indigenous suppliers and is looking forward to working with AIMSC and supporting the development of Indigenous businesses around Australia.”
Senator Arbib said DAFF joined the Departments of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Defence, Human Services, Health and Ageing and Finance and Deregulation as members of AIMSC.
“This announcement is further evidence of the Gillard Government’s commitment to Indigenous business,” Senator Arbib said.
“It follows the recent change to Commonwealth procurement guidelines that allow departments and agencies to contract small and medium Indigenous businesses without conducting a full tender process.
“AIMSC has achieved fantastic results for Indigenous businesses since its creation in 2009.
“In just under two years of operation AIMSC has facilitated almost $21.7 million in contracts and $6.4 million in transactions between corporate and government members and certified suppliers.
“We also know it is good for employment – at last count more than 72 per cent of employees of AIMSC certified suppliers were Indigenous.”
The Australian Government has provided more than $3 million in funding for AIMSC through the Indigenous Employment Program and is part of the Australian Government's commitment to close the gap on Indigenous employment.