More than four per cent of all State government contracts have been awarded to registered Aboriginal businesses, with 98 per cent of those based in Western Australia demonstrating the strength of the local business sector.
The Aboriginal Procurement Policy, introduced in July 2018, required WA government agencies to award a minimum of one per cent of contracts to registered Aboriginal business throughout the 2018-19 financial year.
A total of 74 government contracts have been awarded to 53 registered Aboriginal businesses from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018, representing a total value of approximately $25 million.
The Minister for Finance, Ben Wyatt, made the announcement at the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) head office in Broome. KAMS was awarded the largest contract during the first six months at a total value of $4.2 million.