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On 1 July 2015, the Australian Government introduced the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP). The primary purpose of the IPP is to leverage the Australian Government’s annual multi-billion procurement spend to drive demand for Indigenous goods and services and stimulate the Indigenous business sector. The IPP has been declared as a “game changer” for Indigenous economic development. Almost five years since its introduction, can this claim be justified?
In response to the successes of the IPP, state and territory governments have increasingly recognised they have an enabling and facilitating role to play in the context of creating the conditions for Indigenous businesses to thrive and to be sustainable. In fact, all states and territories – with the exception of Tasmania - have sought to support Indigenous economic development by either committing to or adopting their own procurement policies and are carrying out considerable and wide-ranging work to support Indigenous employment, education and training.