Indigenous Business Direct User Guide & Reporting Guide

How to search Indigenous Business Direct

Indigenous Business Direct can be searched using a number of different criteria. The more search criteria used, the more focused the results will be. Please note that in some cases searching with very specific criteria or locations might not give the best range of available businesses. If the search does not return a wide enough result, consider widening your search criteria.

Search by business name

To search for a specific business enter the full or part business name to quickly locate the profile of that business.

Search by business activity

To search for the kind of good or service that you require, search using the UNSPC code.

Supply Nation uses the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) to categorise the businesses on Indigenous Business Direct. To optimise your results, consider using the categories towards the top of the list, which are indicated by a four digit code.

For more information, see the UNSPSC section below.

Search by ABN, ACN or AICN

To search directly for a business enter the Australian Business Number (ABN), the Australian Company Number (ACN) or the Australian Indigenous Company Number (AICN).

Search by geographic reach

Search for businesses able to deliver in specific geographic regions.

Every business on Indigenous Business Direct must specify during the registration process where they are able to deliver their goods and services. This field can be used to narrow your search to only those businesses that operate in the area you need. This can be filtered down to the state or region level, and multiple regions can be selected.

If you are not able to find a business that delivers in the area you need, consider making your search more general in this section.

Search by previous experience

To search for a business with specific previous experience.

As part of the registration process, every business on Indigenous Business Direct must specify the kind of organisations with which they have had previous engagement.

Like the Geographic Reach criteria, if you are not able to find a business that delivers in the area you need, consider making your search more general in this section.

Search results

Search results are displayed first in order of relevance to the criteria used in your search, and then in alphabetical order. The information displayed under the business name shows the criteria from each business' profile that matches your search criteria.

Select ‘View Company’ to find out more about a business.


Registration process

To register your business, follow the steps from the Supply Nation registration page.

Select ‘Register Here’.

Follow the prompts to enter your business contact information, address and eligibility.

Geographic reach

Under the geographic reach section, select the areas in which your business is able to deliver goods or services. You can select national, state based or only part of a state. It is important to show buyers your business capability. Be realistic about where you wish to deliver these services.

Capability profile

This section of your profile provides buyers with the information they need in order to ascertain whether your business is a suitable potential partner. Be clear about your core capabilities and how much experience you have in delivering them.

For more information about filling in this section, please access http://www.supplynation.org.au/indigenous_businesses/Example_Capability_Statements

Previous Experience

Select which partners your business has previously worked with. It is important to complete this section fully to ensure that potential buyers can ascertain your business’ experience. This information should be updated regularly to keep this information up to date.

Industry Profile

Supply Nation uses the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) system to classify the goods and services offered by our Registered Businesses. Search the key words that are relevant to your business and select any of the codes that apply. For more information on the codes, see the UNSPSC section below.

Ownership profile

Supply Nation verifies the Indigenous ownership of each business on Indigenous Business Direct. Please enter the details of each Indigenous business owner, and include the documentation they will be using to support their application. For more information on Supply Nation’s approach to verifying Indigenous ownership, please see http://www.supplynation.org.au/indigenous_businesses/Registration_and_Certification

Once you have submitted the above information, please agree to the terms and conditions and select ‘submit’. 

Edit/update business information

You can update your details through the Indigenous Business Direct website. Log in to your account using your user name and password. Select the 'View/Edit' option.

Any information on this page can be updated as your business changes or develops. Select the 'edit and update details' button from the right of the screen to allow update your information. Select ‘Save’ when you finish.

UNSPSC codes

Supply Nation uses the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) to categorise the businesses on Indigenous Business Direct. This field can be used to search the kind of good or service that you need as a buyer, or that you provide as a Registered Business.

For a list of codes used by the Commonwealth Government, please see the public list here: http://data.gov.au/storage/f/2013-05-12T202500/tmpocbZxQAusTender-Customised-UNSPSC-Codeset-August-2012.pdf

To optimise your results, consider using the categories towards the top of the list, which are indicated by a four digit code. These categories are from the ‘segment’ portion of the hierarchy.


Financial Reporting – User guide

Supply Nation measures how successful we are in achieving the goal of a vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector by monitoring the financial value of transactions between Supply Nation members and Indigenous businesses – whether they are Certified or Registered. To track this progress, we report on the value of contracts and purchases between our members and Indigenous businesses.

To make reporting more accurate and therefore valuable, we are now asking both our members and Indigenous Businesses to provide us data about their transaction activity each quarter. 

Providing the data

Step #1

You will receive an unique link in an email sent to your organisation. From this link, you will be able to choose which reporting process your organisation will use for this period’s reporting.  

The upgraded reporting process offers two options to facilitate financial reporting.

OPTION 1:

Choose this option if you want to save time ascertaining which spend belongs with which organisation

  • This option provides the format for the information to ensure that the data is uploaded correctly
  • Download a blank template on which you can record all financial transaction data for the period
  • Supply Nation’s algorithms will identify our Indigenous suppliers / members from the list and report only on these line items

OPTION 2:

Choose this option if you want to use your financial accounting system to match against the Australian Business Number (ABN) column.

  • Download a template pre-populated with the ABNs of our members or Indigenous suppliers, to enable to you provide only the transactions with our Members / Indigenous suppliers
  • This template will have the ABN column pre-populated so that you can easily match the information from your system (Indigenous businesses will receive the ABNs of members; Members will receive the ABNs of Indigenous businesses)
  • Amend the Excel document that you have downloaded in template form (either Option 1 or 2)
  • Save the document
  • Upload the document by either:
    • Dragging it to the indicated upload area (lighter box), or
    • Searching for the file using the search link within the upload box
  • Upload any supporting documents or amended excel if / when appropriate
  • Complete your file submission by clicking the ‘Submit payables data’ button at the bottom right of the form

Step #2

  • Amend the Excel document that you have downloaded in template form (either Option 1 or 2)
  • Save the document

Step #3

  • Upload the document by either:
    • Dragging it to the indicated upload area (lighter box), or
    • Searching for the file using the search link within the upload box

Step #4

  • Upload any supporting documents or amended excel if / when appropriate

Step #5

  • Complete your file submission by clicking the ‘Submit payables data’ button at the bottom right of the form

Data format

To ensure your reporting information is accurate, please ensure that you use following formats:

  • Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
  • Value excl. GST format: $1,000.00

What happens next?

The data will then be reconciled against the other data provided. If there are any inconsistencies, Supply Nation will be in contact with you. Otherwise, reports will be available when complete (anticipated to be mid-December).

Our public reporting will only refer to aggregate totals in terms of transactions. We will consult with you about any specific information about engagements with suppliers before it is released publicly.