Supply Nation Newsletter - Year 5, Quarter 4

Newsletter - Year 5, Quarter 4

Welcome to the final edition of Supply Nation's quarterly newsletter for the 2013/14 financial year.

June 30th marks the close of Supply Nation's fifth financial year of operations and we are pleased to confirm it's been a hugely successful one to date.

Following our transition to a paid Membership format on July 1st 2013, the number of corporate and government Members commited to the Supply Nation cause continues to grow month on month and currently stands at 132 Members. 

Similarly we have continued to expand our reach when it comes to the pool of Certified Suppliers featured on our database, with 255 Indigenous Businesses now certified.

Within this newsletter you will find information about Supply Nation's most recent networking events including our Parliamentary Luncheon in Canberra, our 'Supplier Diversity in the Northern Territory' event in Darwin and our networking luncheon for Members and Certified Suppliers in Sydney.

Additionally, we have included updates on various components of our forthcoming premier annual event, Connect 2014.  With registrations due to close on May 9th, there is limited time left to purchase your tickets.

We look forward to welcoming you to this prestigious event, taking place in Sydney on May 26th and 27th.

Year 5, Quarter 3 Results

The results this quarter demonstrate excellent progress since our last reporting period:

Transactions - Year 5, Q3: $12,888m
Transactions - Life to Date: $91,780m

Contracts - Year 5, Q3: $52,938m
Contracts - Life to Date: $98,621m

Corporate and government Members:132
Certified Suppliers: 255

Nominations for Connect 2014 'Supplier Diversity Awards' close today at 5pm AEST

Don't miss out on the opportunity to be recognised for your organisation's contribution to supplier diversity in Australia.

Supply Nation is calling on our Members and Certified Suppliers to put forward nominations for inclusion. Self nominations are strongly encouraged.

Winners will be announced at Connect's prestigious Gala Dinner Awards Night, taking place at Sydney's historic Town Hall on May 27th. There are nine award categories in total.

Winners will be shortlisted by a panel of three supplier diversity experts; Laurie Acreman, CPSM MIEAust - Managing Director, QCS Consulting, Jarrod Ball - Director Policy, The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Anthony Asby - Director, Ashby and Co. Chartered Accountants.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from:

Connect 2014 Registrations close on May 9th, 5pm AEST

Just three weeks left to register for Connect 2014. Registrations will close strictly at 5pm AEST, May 9th and no additions will be permitted after this point.

The Conference agenda is now finalised, with international Supplier Diversity expert Clifton Taulbert confirmed to provide the keynote opening speech.

Renowned Perth based Organisational Psychologist Dr Neil Preston has been announced as the facilitator of a 45 minute workshop, Leading Change in Business on the afternoon of May 26th.

We are almost at capacity on sales of Booths at the Indigenous Business Tradeshow and advise those interested in taking one to register today.

Guests at the Gala Dinner Awards Night on May 27th can look forward to entertainment from a stellar lineup of artists including Shauntai, Bow and Arrow, Johnny Nicol and more.

Partial IBA funding available to Certified Suppliers to attend Connect

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) has announced a partnership with Supply Nation to provide financial assistance to Certified Suppliers, allowing them to access Connect 2014.

Due to budgetary constraints Supply Nation and IBA will provide assistance to a maximum of two people from each certified business, one of whom must be Indigenous.

Applicants are asked to provide information to support their need for financial assistance and if successful will be assessed using a sliding scale ranging from 90% to 50% support.

Full details and terms and conditions can be found by visiting:

Thank You to our Connect 2014 Sponsors 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Connect 2014 Sponsors for their ongoing commitment and support.

Connect 2014 Primary Sponsors Include:

Compass Group - Hospitality Sponsor, Gala Dinner Awards Night
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) - Tradeshow Sponsor
Staples - Conference Sponsor

Connect 2014 Supplier Diversity Award Sponsors Include:

Corporate Member of the Year - Sponsored by Message Stick Group
Government Member of the Year - Sponsored by Qantas Airways
Certified Supplier of the Year - Sponsored by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
Up and Coming Member - Sponsored by BP Australia
Up and Coming Certified Supplier - Sponsored by Telstra
Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year - Sponsored by Westpac
Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year - Sponsored by Insurance Australia Group (IAG)
Supplier to Supplier Partnership of the Year - Sponsored by National Australia Bank (NAB)
Special Recognition - Available for Sponsorship

Connect 2014 Additional Sponsor Support:

NSW Procurement, Department of Finance and Services - Conference Lunch
City of Sydney - Venue Supporter
Koori Mail - Media Supporter
Outback Global - Merchandise Supplier

Our Parliamentary Luncheon, where Supply Nation's Memorandum of Understanding with the Business Council of Australia (BCA) was launched

On February 12th, Supply Nation hosted a luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra where our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Business Council of Australia (BCA) was officially launched.

The collaborative partnership aims to build new links and strengthen existing links between BCA member companies and Indigenous businesses so that more Australian businesses adopt supplier diversity as standard practice.

The panel of speakers at the luncheon included Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge, BCA President Tony Shepherd, Supply Nation Board Chair and CEO at Citi Australia, Stephen Roberts and CEO Message Stick and Founding Member and Board Member of Supply Nation, Michael McLeod.

Among the attendees at the event was American Ambassador to Australia John Berry, BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott, Allens Managing Partner Michael Rose and Supply Nation Board Members.

The Department of Education is calling on Certified Suppliers to put forward their tender applications

The Australian Department of Education is calling on Supply Nation's Certified Suppliers to voluntarily opt into the Department’s procurement system by completing the Vendor Information Request Form.

The Vendor Information Request Form allows the Department to create a vendor record on their procurement system. This enables suppliers to be included in the research phase, which may lead to a Request for Quote for the provision of goods or service.

Please note that completing the Vendor Information Request Form does not provide any guarantee of business.

To opt into the Department of Education’s procurement system, please complete the Vendor Information Request Form and return it to the nominated address on the form.

The form can be found in the Suppliers Portal at:

Supply Nation's visit to the Northern Territory

Thank you to all those who came out to meet the Supply Nation team recently when we visited Darwin to host our information event, Supplier Diversity in the Northern Territory.

The event took place on March 13th at The Novotel Darwin Atrium Hotel, Northern Territory and was attended by 80 guests on the day.

Stuart Andrews of Supply Nation Member Shell Australia , Noel Niddrie of Supply Nation Certified Supplier Winangali and Bob Jones of Supply Nation Member Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) provided insight into their journey with Supply Nation on the day.

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea and refreshments at the complimentary networking event.

Supply Nation's Sydney networking lunch for Members and Certified Suppliers

Up to 80 guests attendedat the Supply Nation Sydney Members and Certified Suppliers Networking event, which took place at the Terrace, Australian Museum on March 27th.

The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for our stakeholders to come together in an informal setting, network and make some new contacts.

With Supply Nation’s Connect event just around the corner, it also provided a prime opportunity to highlight what’s on the 2014 agenda.

On hand to discuss the success her business, Outback Global, has had since they were awarded the title of Certified Supplier of the Year at last year’s Connect event, was CEO Jasmin Herro.

Also speaking on the day was Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse. Guests enjoyed an opportunity to meet new people by participating in an informal table quiz.

Government Briefing Webinar for Certified Suppliers

Supply Nation hosted the first in a series of free and interactive Government Briefing Webinars exclusively for our Certified Suppliers on Thursday, February 13th.

Online attendees gained insight into Australian government tender opportunities and received tips on how to position their business for future opportunities before they go to market.

Natalie Walker, the inaugural CEO of Supply Nation and founder of Inside Policy facilitated the session.

The next session will take place on August 6th 2014 and is open to Certified Suppliers only. Register by following this link.

Supply Nation's presence at Queensland 'Meet the Buyer' event on April 1st

On Tuesday, April 1 Supply Nation attended a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event  in Queensland, where Procurement Managers from local resource companies and contractors had an opportunity to meet with a range of Indigenous businesses through a speed networking format. 

The purpose of the event was to connect resource sector and construction sector Procurement Managers and Contractors with current Indigenous businesses from across the State that could supply the Queensland resources and construction sector.  

Supply Nation joined forces with organisations including Indigenous Business Australia (IBA),  the Black Business Finder and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) to support the event, which was hosted by the Federal Government, Queensland State Government and Queensland Resources Council.

The forum was a joint initiative of the MoU signed between the Federal Government, Queensland State Government and Queensland Resources Council to increase trade opportunities between Indigenous companies and the growing resources sector.

Similar events will be held in other regional centres in Queensland including Mt Isa, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone in May and June.

Thank you to the National Australia Bank for hosting a series of Procurement Workshops

Supply Nation would like to thank the National Australia Bank (NAB) for hosting a highly successful series of Procurement Workshops for Certified Suppliers in recent months. 

The Supply Nation Member invited Certified Indigenous businesses to come to their local offices for training in cities across the nation, including Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and most recently Sydney.

The complimentary events allowed Supply Nation Certified Suppliers to develop an understanding of the procurement profession and procurement cycles and received positive feedback from attendees across the country.

Supply Nation's First Step Training coming to a location near you soon

Supply Nation is set to host two more First Step training sessions this financial year.  

Our next First Step training session will take place on Wednesday, June 4th in Brisbane, Queensland from 8.30am - 5.30pm and is open to Supply Nation Members and Certified Suppliers.

Supply Nation will host another First Step training seminar in Melbourne the following week on Thursday, June 12th.

To register and learn more about these events please visit our website:

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