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Plaut simplifies system, enabling SSC to easily engage Indigenous Suppliers

Terri Reeves Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Client News

The Procurement and Grants Support Team, in the newly established Shared Services Centre has been recognised at the annual national Supply Nations Awards for its leadership and advocacy in promoting Indigenous procurement.

The awards recognise private sector organisations and Government agencies for their efforts in using Indigenous businesses to supply goods and services.

The team took out the prestigious Government Member of the Year Category by ensuring that Indigenous Business was front and centre in the minds of those responsible for procurement in the two partner departments.

“I think this is a fantastic result which underlines our commitment to helping our partner departments achieve their reconciliation action plan goals and to supporting their approach to Indigenous business more generally,” said SSC acting deputy CEO, Danny Jones.

“On behalf of the SSC executive I would like to extend my hearty congratulations to director Amanda Harris and the rest of the team for this outstanding result,” Danny added.

The team took the opportunity to influence the design of the new system, implemented by Plaut IT when the former DEEWR began to replace its aging procurement system last year.  By simplifying the procurement exemption provisions and promoting the use of the Supply Nation certified supplier list, the team was able to successfully raise awareness of Indigenous businesses which might meet the partner departments’ procurement needs.

The process involved creating a ‘panel’ of certified indigenous providers in the new procurement system allowing  staff involved in procurement to easily identify Indigenous suppliers that met their need and, if appropriate, invite them to a quote for work.

The former DEEWR has entered into contracts totalling over $3 million and purchases totalling over $2.3 million with Supply Nations suppliers and looks forward to continuing its engagement with Supply Nation certified suppliers.

Supported by Plaut and the Procurement and Grants Support Team, the new system continues to be used by both the partner departments.  The team provides advice and support to procurement staff from both departments and if appropriate, information about Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) exemption and how to source and consider minority suppliers as part of their procurement process.

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