In partnership with the Federal Government, the Wirrpanda Corporation will establish an Indigenous Business and Employment Hub in Perth.
The Hub, which will be a collaborative workspace servicing Indigenous business owners, Indigenous job seekers and employers wishing to employ Indigenous candidates, will provide significant opportunity to the growing Indigenous Business sector throughout WA.
The Corporation will draw on established experience in engaging Indigenous communities and Business connections to deliver the Hub and work to improve Indigenous Business Development opportunities.
Wirrpanda Foundation Employment Programs Manager, Jarrad Oakley Nicholls, is excited about the opportunity to assist Indigenous businesses in WA
“I think it speaks volumes of the Foundation and the work that we’ve been able to do over the years in the employment space and employment services.
“Now this is an opportunity for us to expand that and really dive into Indigenous businesses because as we know, Aboriginal businesses give more opportunities for Aboriginal people.”
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said the demand for Aboriginal employment and Aboriginal Businesses is high and the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) introduced by the Coalition in 2015 has supercharged the sector.
“Prior to its introduction there were only 30 Indigenous businesses winning $6.2 million in Commonwealth contracts in 2012-13, in contrast since the IPP there have been 1,470 Indigenous businesses winning 6,880 Commonwealth contracts worth over $1.83 billion.
“People are going to be saying ‘Well how do I go and meet my now obligations to use Indigenous business and to hire Indigenous Western Australians?’ and this hub is going to allow that to take place.”
Member for Swan and Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Steve Irons, welcomed this new investment to assist Indigenous businesses in Swan and across Western Australia.
"This new Hub will be the catalyst for Indigenous businesses in Swan and across Western Australia to come together to network, access opportunities and continue its record growth.”