Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy

The Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy 2012-2016 was launched in September 2012 to provide a framework and rationale for State Government investment in Aboriginal economic participation. A total of 26 State Government agencies are involved in the implementation of the 69 initiatives listed in the Strategy. A snapshot of the achievements include:

  • Development of the free on-line Aboriginal Business Directory WA that has more than 450 listings; delivering more than 900 goods and services; its own Facebook page; and more than 185,000 website visits.

  • 269 commencements under the Public Sector Aboriginal Traineeship Program in metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia (Public Sector Commission).

  • Amended State Government procurement processes to enable public authorities to directly purchase goods and services from a registered Aboriginal business up to the value of $250,000. This was further streamlined in May 2016 to allow agencies to directly engage Aboriginal businesses even when a Common Use Arrangement exists. Tenders WA reported that procurement from Aboriginal providers totals in excess of $160 million for 2012-2016.

  • Since the establishment of the five Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDCs) in 2010-2011, 1,344 employment outcomes and 645 transitions into training have been achieved for Aboriginal job seekers and a total of 728 employers have been assisted to develop Aboriginal employment strategies.

  • Aboriginal people being increasingly involved in joint management of the State’s marine and national parks. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is working with around 32 traditional owner groups to promote employment and training opportunities, establish joint management arrangements and facilitate customary activities on country. Currently DPaW employ 271 Aboriginal people across the State through fee-for-service arrangements, such as Rangers.

  • Since 2012, the Department of Transport’s Remote Licensing Service teams undertook 800 site visits in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Goldfields regions which resulted in 1,380 learner’s permits, 485 provisional driver’s licences and 485 driver’s licences being issued or reissued.

  • The Transition Housing Program was extended to the West Kimberly with a further 60 dwellings to be constructed, 40 in Broome and 20 in Derby. To date, 28 dwellings have been delivered in Broome and 18 in Derby. The remaining dwellings will be delivered by 30 June 2017.

  • Keystart have approved more than 1,650 Aboriginal home loans in the last five years to improve Aboriginal home ownership.

  • The fifth Revealed: Emerging Aboriginal Artists from WA was delivered in 2016, directly engaging with 23 Aboriginal art centres and 60 Aboriginal artists from across WA. The event attracted about 20,000 visitors and generated $316,000 in artwork sales.

Dowload the Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy 2012-2016 final report (8.3mb).

Contact – Director, Economic Development - 1300 651 077