Release type: Joint Media Release


DoHA signs up to support Indigenous business


Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is the latest Commonwealth department to become a member of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) and support certified Indigenous suppliers.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib welcomed DoHA’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,” Ms Roxon said.

“As one of the largest government departments DoHA 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 DoHA joined the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Defence, the Department of Human Services and the Department of 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 18 months of operation AIMSC has facilitated almost $9 million in contracts and $4.5 million in transactions between corporate and government members and certified suppliers.

“We also know it is good for employment – more than 72 per cent of employees of AIMSC certified suppliers are Indigenous.”

AIMSC Chief Executive Officer Natalie Walker said she was delighted to welcome the Department of Health and Ageing into the program and looked forward to working with them.

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.