Supply Nation Newsletter - Year 4, Quarter 4

Welcome to the new (financial) year!

It’s been a busy fourth quarter for Supply Nation. We've now reached the end of another financial year, and we're very pleased that many of our corporate and government Members will be staying with us as we move ahead. We've seen some fantastic new business partnerships form recently, and in the coming months you will learn more about the success stories that result through Supply Nation. Our new CEO Charles Prouse, who joined us in April from NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy), is pleased to lead our organisation into its next phase.

In May we held our annual event Connect: Turning Contacts into Contracts. Connect was held in both Melbourne and Perth this year, and both events were a great success. If you attended Connect, we hope you found the networking opportunities valuable and that you've broadened your knowledge on supplier diversity and supplier development. We've got a more extensive review of Connect below. This edition of our newsletter also includes some inspiring partnership and news stories, helpful information for Certified Suppliers, a not-for-profit column and a membership update.

We are also pleased to release the Performance Results of our fourth year and fourth quarter. Our 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.

Performance Results: Year 4, Quarter 4

The results this quarter demonstrate excellent progress since our last reporting period. Our number of Certified Suppliers is quickly catching up to our Member number and some excellent Certified Supplier-Member partnerships are being established.

Transactions - Year 4, Q4: $7,068m Life to date: $64,60m
Contracts - Year 4, Q4: $1,646m Life to date: $39,06m
Corporate and Government Members: 200
Certified Suppliers: 198

Pacific Services Group Holdings & Thiess Australia

Certified Supplier Pacific Services Group Holdings (PSGH) has successfully negotiated a contract with Thiess, a Supply Nation Member and leading construction, mining and services contractor. Under the contract, PSGH has been appointed as Thiess’ preferred supplier panel to provide labour hire and security services nationwide through their labour hire division PSG People and Pacific Security. PSGH General Manager Mark Coleman says Thiess has been supportive since day one: “They have been wonderful and really embraced the opportunity,” Mark said. “The agreement is significant as it shows that our Indigenous businesses are up to tier-one standards and can compete on par with any other like-for-like organisations.”

PSG People has the capability to assist Thiess with staffing requirements in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and Northern Territory.  Mark says he hopes this opportunity will create jobs for Indigenous men and women from across Australia: “We have worked hard to develop our own Indigenous school-based apprenticeship schemes and partnered with Koori Job Ready and the Arthur Beetson Foundation in NSW and F.O.G.S (Former Origin Greats) to source Indigenous Australians who are looking for employment,” Mark said. “With the support of companies like Thiess we can move forward in delivering real career outcomes.”

Thiess’ Group Strategic Procurement Manager, Glen Mann says the company is committed to building strategic procurement partnerships and supporting the growth of Indigenous businesses: “Our Reconciliation Action Plan’s key objective is to create social, employment and business opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” Glen said. “As a Supply Nation Member we hope to have the opportunity to support PSGH to build vital skills and a more sustainable future for all Australians.”

To find out more about PSGH, please visit:
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Connect 2013 - Turning Contacts into Contracts

The highly anticipated Connect 2013 Melbourne - Australia’s biggest Indigenous networking event – was a great success and a very exciting two days. The event was attended by executives from some of Australia’s top ASX companies and government agencies, and our Certified Indigenous Suppliers. Many new connections were established between Certified Suppliers and corporate and government Members and attendees built on their knowledge and business acumen in the areas of supplier diversity and development. The Indigenous business tradeshow on day two had an exciting atmosphere, and lots of new business partnerships were established. The gala dinner was an exciting and glamorous culmination to the event, featuring Indigenous entertainment, the Supplier Diversity Awards presentation and speeches by international and local guests.

Supply Nation also held Connect 2013 in Perth, Western Australia this year and it was a fantastic opportunity for our WA-based Certified Suppliers and Members to network and develop business partnerships. Connect Perth was a one-day event, held at the Hyatt Regency. It featured supplier diversity workshops, renowned international and local speakers, the Indigenous business tradeshow and a drinks reception in the evening.

To read more about Connect 2013, please visit:

Supply Nation NAIDOC Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who attended our NAIDOC Week celebration! We held a luncheon at our office in Sydney for Certified Indigenous Suppliers and corporate and government Members. It was a fantastic opportunity to come together and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians. The event commenced with a 'Welcome to Country' by Donna Ingram from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. Donna acknowledged the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse then gave a short welcome speech and introduced the speakers to follow; George Brown, Supply Nation Research Assistant, Troy Rugless, Business Development Manager for Pacific Group Holdings and finally, George Mifsud, Supply Nation Board Member and Executive Director of Human Resources & Risk at Compass Group. Guests were also treated to an engaging speech and performance of yidaki (didgeridoo) by Brendan Kerin of Guwaali.

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and NAIDOC-themed cupcakes and treats by Certified Supplier Kallico Catering.  We hope everyone enjoyed having the opportunity to come together and celebrate NAIDOC Week.

To learn more about NAIDOC Week, please visit:

Supply Nation is Heading to the USA!

The annual Supply Nation Delegation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) will take place in San Antonio, Texas USA this year from 27 to 30 October. Expressions of interest closed Friday 5 July and we will be contacting the successful Certified Suppliers and Members shortly, to organise official event registration.

By participating in the Supply Nation delegation to Supply Nations US sister council - the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) - event, delegates will:

  • Attend and participate in the NMSDC’s one day business opportunity fair that showcases Fortune 500 company’s supplier diversity programs
  • Network and explore business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies, minority owned businesses, supplier councils from the UK, Canada, South Africa and China, and supplier diversity experts
  • Build their knowledge of supplier diversity for application in the Australian context

The exciting program features a raft of learning and networking opportunities, some of which includes:

  • Power networking breakfasts
  • Plenary and concurrent sessions
  • Leadership development series
  • Business opportunity fair
  • Bespoke one-on-one meetings (details to be confirmed)
  • Cocktail reception, awards dinner and after party

To learn more about this event, and other upcoming events, please visit:

Certified Supplier Profile: The Yarning Circle

Yarning Circle founder and Supply Nation Certified Supplier, Lee Townsend, is an Aboriginal woman, born and raised in Blacktown, NSW. Lee is the creator of The Yarning Circle and the effective learning tool, Lets Have a Yarn with Yarn. Lee previously worked for Commonwealth Employment Services, where she assisted young Australians looking for work. Many of them needed assistance in gaining the necessary skills to participate fully in today's modern world. Lee re-directed her career path, by becoming a qualified primary school teacher, and from here she gained further qualifications as an Aboriginal Education teacher.

As Lee progressed through her studies, she gained a greater understanding of the omissions in educational and social development programs in relation to Indigenous children. There was little opportunity for the children to relate stories from their own experience and to express a point of view to a chosen audience.

Let’s Have a Yarn with Yarn is entirely verbal, and requires no written material; just some colourful yarn! The Yarn enables the participants in the circle to share their journey, knowledge and experiences. Children and adults alike develop their confidence and abilities in listening, trusting, speaking, expressing ideas, and cooperating with one another. Lee has worked with numerous NSW public schools and high schools and implemented her program into learning frameworks of various levels.

To find out more about The Yarning Circle, please visit:

Not for Profit: Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) is a private sector led, non-profit organisation focused on empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and careers. AIEF believe that marginalised Indigenous children should have access to some of Australia’s best educational opportunities and pursue productive and fulfilling careers.

That is why they provide scholarships to attend boarding schools and residential university colleges and offer intensive career support, equipping students with the tools to unlock their potential and pursue their dreams.

Corporate Australia has invested in AIEF as a leading organisation delivering proven results in Indigenous education. AIEF matches private sector contributions with funding from the federal government for maximised investment efficiency and tangible outcomes. AIEF has the highest retention and Year 12 attainment rates of any federally funded program in Australia, and almost 100% of the students in the AIEF program have embarked on a productive career pathway after completing secondary school.

To find out more about AIEF, please visit