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Year One Review of the Indigenous Procurement Policy

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Year One Review of the Indigenous Procurement Policy

Cox Inall Ridgeway, in partnership with Urbis, is currently undertaking the Year One Review of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) on behalf of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  The IPP was developed to create opportunities for Indigenous businesses to be awarded Commonwealth contracts and, in doing so, increase employment opportunities within Indigenous businesses. The IPP seeks to leverage the Commonwealth’s $59b annual procurement spend to accelerate the growth and development of Indigenous businesses.

Our methodology in undertaking this review has comprised seven key research components:

  • A data analysis of procurement reporting data provided by the 19 Commonwealth portfolios;
  • A survey of all Indigenous business registered on Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct;
  • A series of qualitative interviews with Commonwealth portfolio procurement officers, including Senior Executive Service (SES) staff and commonwealth buyers;
  • A focus group with senior leaders across the Indigenous business sector;
  • 20 x qualitative interviews with Indigenous business, spanning a range of locations, industries and capturing positive and negative procuring experiences;
  • 6 case studies profiling Indigenous businesses whose business has grown as a result of the IPP;
  • 2 x progress reports and 1 final report delivered over the course of the project.

Central to the successful delivery of this project has been our ability to develop an appropriate consultation framework, which allowed input from a broad range of stakeholders involved in the implementation of the policy.  Our recommendations will consider the future directions of the policy, taking into consideration a more comprehensive three-year review to be undertaken in 2019.

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