Supply Nation Connect - January 2013

Welcome and Happy New Year!

A warm welcome back to everyone; we hope you and your families had a relaxing and enjoyable break. The Supply Nation team has returned to work and is ready for all that 2013 has to offer! Since our last edition, we have made the official change from AIMSC to Supply Nation.
If you haven’t yet done so, please download Supply Nation logos from the website. To get started, simply log in to the Members or Certified Suppliers portal and follow the steps.

In this edition of our newsletter, we have released Supply Nation’s performance results for the second quarter of the fourth year. It’s a promising start to the year, and we are all pleased with the progress our Members and Certified Suppliers have made. We  recognise the contributions of our Members who have committed beyond June 2013. We look forward to helping them to continue to create valuable partnerships with our Certified Suppliers.

We invite you to register for our Connect 2013 event, which will take place in Melbourne and Perth in May. Until February 28th 2013, we are offering Early Bird prices.

Performance Results: Year 4, Quarter 2

Supply Nation has completed the second quarter of our fourth year, and we are excited to release our results:

Transactions - Year 4, Q2: $7,291,981.60
Transactions - Life to date: 48,212m
Contracts - Year 4, Q2: $482,113
Contracts - Life to date: $ 41,183m
Corporate and Government Members: 189
Certified Suppliers: 164

The results demonstrate the significant potential for Indigenous businesses to make profitable and sustainable connections with major local and international companies. We’ve already come a long way and we anticipate even greater change in coming years.

Connect 2013 – Open for Registrations

We are excited to announce that registrations for our Connect 2013 event have now opened. Our theme for 2013 – Turning Contacts into Contracts captures the essence of why so many are involved in Supply Nation’s work.

Connect 2013 brings together corporate and government buyers with Indigenous Suppliers focusing on growing and developing business opportunities and relationships.

Supply Nation’s Supplier Diversity Awards is the only event of its kind in Australia and pays the highest recognition to companies, government agencies and individuals who strive to grow Indigenous business and enterprise.

Melbourne VIC - 13 & 15 May 2013
Conference, Indigenous Business Tradeshow & Gala Dinner Awards Night

Perth WA - 23 May 2013
Conference, Indigenous Business Tradeshow & Reception

We are offering Early Bird prices until February 28, 2013. Visit the Connect website at:

Thank You to Our Members

The following Members have committed to Supply Nation beyond June 2013, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank them for their ongoing contribution to building a prosperous and vibrant Indigenous enterprise sector. 

Thank you to our Members who will continue to support the growth of Indigenous business from 1 July 2013:

  • Australian Building & Construction Commissioner
  • Australian Customs & Border Protection Service
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Australian Securities Investment Commission
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
  • Department Attorney - Generals
  • Department of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
  • Department of Finance & Deregulation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Department of Health & Ageing
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Infrastructure & Transport
  • Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • IP Australia
  • Hewlett Packard (hp)
  • ISS Facility Services Australia Ltd
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB)
  • National Capital Authority
  • Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC)
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Royal Australian Mint (FED)
  • University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

Supply Nation 2013 Events Calendar

Along with our biggest event – Connect 2013 - we have a range of exciting road-shows, luncheons, webinars and training sessions lined up this year. We encourage you to get involved. Click below to view our events calendar and register your interest:

Opportunities for Indigenous Businesses

If you are an Indigenous business, or know of an Indigenous business that fits into any of the following categories, we would love to hear from you!

Due to demand, we are seeking Indigenous businesses who specialise in the following areas:

  • Sheet metal manufacture
  • Editor or proof reader for annual reports
  • Corporate travel providers
  • Inbound sea freight into Australian ports
  • Office furniture bulk supply
  • Regional accommodation
  • Catering in Canberra, ACT
  • Corporate gifts supplying to Canberra, ACT
  • Logistics, shipping, warehousing and trucking services from Cairns to Karratha
  • Plus suppliers of tool boxes, cardboard boxes, wooden pallets and intermediate bulk containers

If you are an Indigenous business interested in becoming a Supply Nation Certified Supplier, please contact us on (02) 8332 7800.

Indigenous Photographer Partners With G’day USA

He is one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous photographers and a Supply Nation Certified Supplier, now Wayne Quilliam has been invited on-board as a partner for the G’day USA 10th Anniversary Black Tie Gala. G’day USA is an annual program designed to showcase Australian capabilities in the USA, strengthen bilateral collaboration and foster new business partnerships. The 2013 program is focused upon business, government, environment, innovation, culture and tourism and the event will feature in seven cities across the US.

In 2010 Wayne was awarded Supply Nation Certified Supplier of the Year. He has also been awarded numerous art and photography awards, including the Human Rights Media Award and a Walkley Award. Wayne’s astounding images will provide an evocative visual foundation to the G’day USA event. He has curated his own work in over 130 exhibitions worldwide, and has been published in over 1000 newspapers, books and magazines. On January 17 he opened a photographic exhibition in the Monash Room at the Australian Embassy in New York. To find out more, please visit:

Case Partnership: Deadly Design

Graphic design, printing and promotional products company Deadly Design started in 2003 to meet the demand for culturally appropriate design and printing solutions for a diverse range of clients. Their portfolio has grown substantially since they became Supply Nation Certified Suppliers in 2010. They have established partnerships with major Australian companies including Kmart, Target and Woolworths. Last year, Deadly Design was appointed National Print Supplier for Cummins South Pacific: “We’re very excited about the opportunity, as Cummins have been very supportive of the Indigenous business sector. We look forward to establishing strong relationships with them and many other Supply Nation members. These opportunities are giving us the confidence, experience and support needed to continue to grow our business well into the future.” says Sales Manager, Craig Small.

Deadly Design has recently become a member of Kinaway – the Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. They have received mentoring from PwC and have since established connections with mining companies in WA, which they believe could potentially turn into new contracts. Mr Small says “the Supply Nation model, and the way it represents the Indigenous business sector, is resinating with the larger corporates, but not just for the image; it’s a real business opportunity with real outcomes.” To find out more, please visit:

Introduction of Membership Fees

To enact our plan to become self funding, Supply Nation has launched a much anticipated fee structure. All details about these fees can be found at

From July 1 2013, Supply Nation membership will incur a fee. Prior to this date however no changes will be made to memberships. The introduction of a fee schedule is based on the assumption that over time, Supply Nation will introduce its non-government sources of income (including membership fees) to a point that it no longer requires government support.

For current members, full membership entitlements will remain until the 30th of June 2013. To find out more, please visit:

Keep Us Updated

If your organisation’s primary contact has changed, please ensure you notify  us as soon as possible. We want to continue to provide the best service we possibly can, and keep you up to date with everything going on here at Supply Nation. Keeping us in the loop about any changes to staff acting as key Supply Nation contacts, will assist us in ensuring you receive regular updates and information relevant to your organisation. To update your details please contact:

Not for Profit: Red Cockatoo Australia

Creative arts company Red Cockatoo works in collaboration with Aboriginal artists to build and strengthen awareness about Indigenous art and culture in Australia. They create and develop products featuring contemporary authentic Aboriginal art, and provide new opportunities for Indigenous Australians to produce and showcase their artworks within an economically sustainable framework. Eco gift cards are one of their specialties; they are printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable ink. Red Cockatoo also do corporate design including the development of corporate identity, logos, gifts and artworks for conferences and events.

In August 2010 they won the Sydney School for Social Entrepreneurs Project Achievement Award for their Aboriginal gift cards. Also in 2010 they were awarded the Blue Mountains Business Advantage Arts Award. Red Cockatoo encourages positive social change through in-depth consultation, mentoring and reconciliation processes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

To find out more, please visit: