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GenerationOne welcomes steps to advance Aboriginal businesses

GenerationOne today welcomed WA Labor’s plan to create more opportunities for Aboriginal-owned businesses as part of its Aboriginal Procurement Policy.

A focus on measures to provide opportunities for Aboriginal-owned businesses to flourish should be applauded, GenerationOne Chief Operating Officer Matthew O’Sullivan said.

‘We are pleased to see a focus on policies that foster the inception, growth and development of Aboriginal-owned and led businesses,’ Mr O’Sullivan said.

‘The Forrest Review: Creating Parity, first advocated for strong procurement targets, which were adopted by the Federal Government through its commitment to three per cent targets on contracts to be awarded to Aboriginal businesses by 2020.’

‘It is pleasing to see State Labor taking leadership on this issue as well,’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘Properly implemented, measures like these that include a bigger share of work on government contracts being awarded will have flow-on effects not just on employment and each business, but also to the economy, the community and to families.’

GenerationOne supports all measures to encourage growth of, and procurement from, Aboriginal-owned or run businesses.

About GenerationOne:

  • GenerationOne is a national movement for all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous
  • GenerationOne’s mission is to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation through employment and educational measures
  • In 2014, the Australian Government committed funding to deliver Vocational, Training & Employment Centres (VTECs) for up to 5000 jobs, based on the GenerationOne employment model which provides guaranteed jobs for Indigenous people
  • As an employer, you can join GenerationOne through becoming part of the VTEC network
  • GenerationOne has advocated strongly for Government policies that will enable demand-driven training models to become the rule and not the exception
  • GenerationOne is advocating strongly for the adoption of the 27 recommendations of The Forrest Review: Creating Parity report to be fully adopted by Government.

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