Newsletter, Year 5, Quarter 1

The first quarter of the 2013/2014 financial year has been highly successful for Supply Nation. Following our transition to a paid Membership format we're very pleased to confirm that many of our corporate and government Members have opted to continue with us as we move ahead with the second phase of our journey.

In line with our goals for this exciting next step we are continuing to expand and grow the Supply Nation team. We recently launched a new office in Queensland, located in Brisbane. We are also expanding in Western Australian, where we recently recruited an additional team member for our Perth office. To view the updated Supply Nation team please visit our website.

With the festive season just around the corner we have released this year’s Certified Supplier Christmas catalogue, featuring a unique range of gift ideas and services to treat your employees and colleagues over the Christmas period. This edition of our newsletter also includes details of our new quarterly e-publication 'Supplier Diversity How', as well as updates from our recent activities.

We are also pleased to release our Annual Report for 2012/2013 based on the performance results of our fourth year. The positive results demonstrate the growth of Indigenous business in Australia, and the dedication and commitment of our corporate and government Members. With this belief and support, we are continuing to develop a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous Indigenous business sector.

Year 5, Quarter 1 Results

The results this quarter demonstrate excellent progress since our last reporting period. 
Transactions: Year 5, Q1: $5,807m. Life to date: $72,625m.
Contracts: Year 5, Q1: $3,894m. Life to date: $43,176m.
Corporate and government Members: Year 5, Q1: 114
Certified Suppliers: Year 5, Q1: 215

Members Networking Drinks, Sydney NSW

Our highly successful Members networking drinks took place on Thursday, September 5th at Wolfies, Circular Quay in Sydney. The purpose of the event was to celebrate Supply Nation's recent move to a paid Membership format and provide our Members, new and existing, with an opportunity to meet representatives from other organisations who are committed to supplier diversity.

Guests enjoyed spectacular views of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House at the Harbourside venue. Michael West set the scene with a Welcome to Country, before Supply Nation Chairman, Stephen Roberts, CEO at Citibank and Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse took to the stage to provide an overview of Supply Nation’s progress so far this year.

Providing entertainment on the evening was Evie J. Willie, an Indigenous soul singer/songwriter from Wellington in Western NSW. Members enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with one another, as well as the Supply Nation team, over canapés and refreshments.

Also launched at the event was the new 'Supplier Diversity How' resource, exclusive to Supply Nation Members and Certified Suppliers. This quarterly e-publication provides information and guidance on how to implement supplier diversity practices within your organisation.

Queensland Roadshow

From September 16th to 19th, the Supply Nation team hit the road to visit three locations in Queensland; Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. First up was the Mantra on Queen in Brisbane on September 16th, where we had the largest turnout with more than 100 attendees present. These included current Members, potential Members, existing Certified Suppliers and those who were interested in finding out more about supplier diversity and the work that Supply Nation does.

Songwoman Maroochy of the Turrbal People provided a Welcome to Country on the day, before Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse took to the podium to give guests an overview of organisational developments. Giving some insight as to the benefits Supply Nation can bring to Certified Suppliers was Noel Niddrie, Managing Director, Winangali, while we also had a Member representative present, Alan Robertson, Strategic Procurement Manager, Industrial Projects at Thiess Australia.

Simone Persson, Manager, Business Development, Indigenous Business Association (IBA)was present at all three locations, providing a comprehensive overview as to the potential financial assistance IBA can provide to Indigenous businesses. Moving onto the Chifley Plaza in Townsville on September 17th, Anne Lindley, Business Manager, Defence Procurement and Contracting Branch, Department of Defence was present to demonstrate how Supply Nation has benefitted their procurement department.

Representing Supply Nation in both Townsville and Cairns was Clodagh Caplis, Certification Coordinator. Also speaking at the Tradewinds venue in Cairns on September 19th was Rae Kiro, Manager- Office of the CEO, Q.I.T.E.

A big thank you to all those existing Members and Certified Suppliers who came out to visit us.

Check out the photos from the Queensland roadshow on our Facebook page

Meanwhile in Western Australia...

Supply Nation's Perth office hosted a networking event for our Western Australia based Members and Certified Suppliers on Thursday, October 10th at the historic Stables Bar on Hay Street.

Among the 50 guests in attendance were 13 Certified Suppliers, as well as representatives from our Member companies. 

The evening was an enormous success and provided attendees with an opportunity to meet and converse with other Suppliers and Members, with plenty of business cards being exchanged.

In addition to celebrating the Perth office's one year anniversary, Nicole Moore, Partnerships Manager for WA/SA also took the opportunity to introduce the Perth's new Indigenous Business Officer, Rachel Dodge.

National Australia Bank (NAB) Procurement Workshop

On September 17th, NAB hosted a procurement workshop for 15 Supply Nation Certified Suppliers at their offices in Melbourne.

The workshop included presentations from NAB’s senior category managers, Supplier Sustainability Managers and Indigenous Business Development Officers, all of whom focussed on four main aspects of procurement. 

The first segment titled: ‘Understanding NAB’s Procurement’ included an overview of targets and measures, documentation and tools, supplier positioning, strategies and hot topics, trends and themes.

The second area detailed different types of procurement requests including Expressions of Interest, Requests for Information, quotes, proposals and tenders, key areas to address and useful tips.

The third significant focus area was ‘Evaluation of the proposals and tenders’, which shed light on methodologies, criteria, weighting, scoring and evaluation tips and take outs.

Last, but not least was a session on ‘Supplier development and relationship management,’ which provided a great insight into unsuccessful submissions, reasons for failure, proposal positioning, maintaining the business and winning new business.

Following the success of the event NAB is exploring the possibility of bringing the workshop to other states so that more local Certified Suppliers are able to participate and gain a better insight into doing business with NAB.

To learn more about NAB and their procurement policy please visit:

Share your Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP) Stories of Success

 We would love to hear from our Certified Suppliers and Members who have had success in being a part of the Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP) plan and its implementation.

If you are a Certified Supplier and you have worked for or with a client who is a primary supplier or contractor of large Australian government contracts worth $5m and over [or $6m and over in construction], please let us know the nature and volume of goods and services supplied.

Alternatively if are a Member, please let us know if you have used any of our Certified Suppliers to meet your IOP requirements.

We would like to celebrate your success so please keep us informed by

Our Opportunities Board is Live

Supply Nation is pleased to announce our new Opportunities Board is now live on the Supply Nation website.

The Opportunities Board is a space for our corporate and government Members to post new opportunities. This includes contracts for specific jobs, events, training or mentoring aimed at our Certified Suppliers. This allows them to keep up to date with proposals and submit tenders where necessary.

It’s a great way for everyone who is involved in Supply Nation to engage and share new opportunities as they arise. 

Visit and enter your log-in details to reach the online portal. Once logged in, you may access the Opportunities Board and navigate using the side panel to post new opportunities or browse existing opportunities.

If you require assistance with this facility, please call Supply Nation on 1300-055-298.

Certified Supplier Profile: Wathaurong Glass & Arts

Launched in 1998, Wathaurong Glass & Arts produces unique aboriginal artwork in glass. The company is structured so that the community of Wathaurong and the broader community will be the beneficiaries of any profit.

The Geelong based company uses a combination of kiln forming, sandblasting and additional techniques to achieve their results. Supplying their art pieces across Victoria and the rest of Australia upon request, high quality glass products include slumped windows and doors, kitchen and bathroom splashback, artistic platters, bowls, corporate gifts, awards, trophies and much more.

The name 'Wathaurong' is a recognised tribe, it consisted of 25 groups or clans. The boundaries of Wathaurong are from Geelong (Victoria), North to Werribee River, North West to Bacchus Marsh, South West to Cressy, South East to Colac, East to Lorne and North back to Geelong encompassing the Bellarine Peninsula.

To find out more about the products and services Wathaurong Glass & Arts offer please visit: