Small Business Commissioner welcomes changes to procurement via Aboriginal Business Directory WA

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) is applauding changes announced by the Department of Local Government and Communities to allow local councils to deal directly with businesses registered on the Aboriginal Business Directory WA (ABDWA), without going to tender.

Small Business Commissioner, David Eaton, says the change, which applies to contracts valued at less than $250,000, is very welcome and is an indication of the trust and respect the ABDWA has in the marketplace.

The Directory has proved its worth in the three years since it was established, and it now has more than 350 businesses registered,” Mr Eaton said.

“The Directory includes businesses from around the State, covering a broad range of industries.

“Through our business advisory service, businesses listed in the Directory are offered advice and guidance on all small business matters, free of charge from specialist SBDC advisers.

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to seeing even greater activity between local councils and Aboriginal-owned businesses,” Mr Eaton said.

The SBDC administers the Directory on behalf of the Department of Training and Workforce Development, Department of Aboriginal Affairs, and Project Connect (CCIWA).

The amendment to regulation 11(h) of the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 brings the provisions into line with the State Government Supply Policy.

A copy of the regulations is available at: slp.wa.gov.au
To access the Aboriginal Business Directory WA, visit: abdwa.com.au

Media contact: Di Graham (08) 6552 3218 / 0432 750 565