Supply Nation Newsletter - Year 6, Quarter 4

Welcome to Supply Nation's final newsletter of the 2014/15 financial year.

We are delighted to report that Supply Nation and our stakeholders have reached new levels of success in the final quarter of the sixth year.

As you know, Supply Nation is currently undergoing a period of transition. In February, we bid farewell to outgoing CEO Charles Prouse. The Supply Nation Board is currently in the process of recruiting for this position and will keep you informed as soon as we have an update.

In March, Supply Nation announced a change in Board leadership. Mr Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Country Officer at Citi Australia stepped down from the role on March 25th to pursue other projects.

Former Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong was appointed as the successor to Mr Roberts. To ensure continuity and leadership, Ms Armstrong has assumed the duties of the CEO until a successor is appointed. Under Ms Armstrong's stewardship Supply Nation will continue to grow and transform. 

We are currently taking on board the feedback of Members and Certified Suppliers to ensure win-win engagements for all parties as we move forward.

Through the introduction of a National Indigenous Business Directory on July 1st, Supply Nation will have increased opportunity to develop the community of Indigenous business networks across the country to support growth in the sector.

Current Certified Suppliers will be contacted with a fast-track registration option in June. Registration for other Indigenous businesses is available online now. Additional information can be found by reading the outline below or visiting: http://www.supplynation.org.au/Apply

In addition, Supply Nation has been busy hosting a number of networking events across the country, as well as putting the final touches to Connect 2015 in Sydney. Read all about it below:

Supply Nation is delighted to release our results for the final quarter of the sixth year.

Year 6, Quarter 3 Results:

Transactions - Year 6, Q3: $16m
Transactions - Life to date: $160,362m

Contracts - Year 6, Q3: $51,663m
Contracts - Life to date: $166,808m

Corporate and Government Members: 177
Certified Suppliers: 336

Connect 2015, Sydney - Registrations close May 8th

There is now just three weeks left to secure your tickets for the highly anticipated Connect event, taking place in Sydney on May 25th and 26th.

Kicking off with the Conference at the Royal Randwick Racecourse on May 25th, the theme for this year's agenda is 'Growth through Diversity.' NANA Development Corporation President Helvi K Sandvik has been confirmed to provide the opening keynote.

On May 26th Supply Nation will return to the Royal Randwick Racecourse for the Indigenous Business Tradeshow. Certified Suppliers are urged to purchase their booths as soon as possible due to limited capacity.

Supply Nation would like to thank our Members and Certified Suppliers who submitted nominations for the annual 'Supplier Diversity Awards' set to be announced at the Gala Dinner Awards Night on the evening of May 26th.

Finalists will be notified before the end of the month, with three nominees shortlisted in each category.

This year the Gala Dinner Awards Night moves to the exciting new floating venue, the Dockside Pavilion at Darling Harbour, which coincides with the annual Vivid light, music and ideas festival.

Connect 2015, Sydney Sponsors

BP Australia
Compass Group
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
Insurance Australia Group (IAG) 
JHerro
Kulbardi
Lend Lease
Message Stick
National Australia Bank (NAB)
NSW Government
Qantas
Staples
Telstra
Westpac

To find our more about Connect 2015 sponsorship or to become a sponsor please visit: http://www.supplynation.org.au/connect/Sponsorship

Strengthened Indigenous Procurement Policy

As you are aware, the federal government recently announced the launch of a new strengthened Indigenous Procurement Policy, due to come into effect on 1st July 2015.

Supply Nation welcomes the announcement of the strengthened Indigenous Procurement Policy, which includes procurement targets of 3% of Federal Government contracts each year.

Targets will begin with 0.5%, coming into effect on July 1st 2015, with interim targets continuing to be introduced each year until 2020. 

To meet this demand, Supply Nation is proud to host a free, publicly accessible National Indigenous Business Directory from July 1st 2015.

Businesses that are 50% or more Indigenous owned, for-profit and based in Australia are encouraged to register. Current Certified businesses are eligible and will have a fast-track process to register, which will be released in June.

You can find out more by visiting www.supplynation.org.au or emailing: info@supplynation.org.au

Second annual Parliamentary Luncheon - March 17th

To celebrate the announcement of a strengthened Indigenous Procurement Policy, Supply Nation hosted the second annual Parliamentary Luncheon in Canberra on March 17th.

More than 70 guests attended the executive level event, which served to highlight the significant milestones achieved in 2014 by Supply Nation’s Members and Certified Suppliers.

Guest speaker at the luncheon was the Senator The Hon. Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs who spoke at length about the anticipated positive impact of the policy.

Shane Jacobs, Principal, Pacific Services Group Holdings (PSGH) and Phil Lindenmayer, National Manager, Procurement and Contract Management, Department of Human Services participated in a Q&A discussion around the successful business partnership between the two organisations.

Supplier Diversity Special Event, Melbourne - March 27th

On March 27th, Supply Nation hosted a Supplier Diversity Special Event in Melbourne, in partnership with the Business Council of Australia.

The event, kindly sponsored by corporate Member NAB, saw over 100 representatives from corporate and government Australia discuss the future of supplier diversity in Australia.

Attendees heard from a panel of four representatives. Supply Nation Board Chair Leah Armstrong presented on behalf of Supply Nation, joining representatives from Indigenous Business Australia, Many Rivers microfinance and NANA Australia.

The panel was followed by a Meet the Supplier session, with over 35 Indigenous business representatives on hand to showcase their products and services.

Sign up today to attend The First Step, Melbourne

Don't miss out on Supply Nation's unique First Step training, kindly hosted by Conservation Volunteers Australia in Melbourne on April 28th 2015.

The event will run from 8am to 5pm and allows attendees to learn everything they need to know to build a world-class supplier diversity program within their organisation.

Register today to use your free Membership subscription

Melbourne, VIC
Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:  Conservation Volunteers Australia, 162 Adderley St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Who: Supply Nation Members and Certified Suppliers

Register now by following this link: http://www.supplynation.org.au/events/28_April_2015_The_First_Step_Melbourne

Stories of Success: DTZ and Ochre Workforce Solutions

Congratulations to Perth based Certified Supplier Ochre Workforce Solutions who has recently signed a Preferred Suppliers Agreement (PSA) for labour with Supply Nation Member DTZ's ASX listed company UGL Ltd.

This contract covers the supply of personnel for all UGL projects in both WA and the NT.

UGL are also progressing with making Ochre’s Registered Training Organisation unit a preferred supplier of Working at Heights and Confined Space training courses. 

Featured Certified Supplier - Kart Koort Wiern

Kart Koort Wiern is an Indigenous consultancy providing strategic consultancy, advice and cultural awareness training nationwide. Ingrid Cumming, CEO and Principal consultant at Kart Koort Wiern is a custodian and traditional owner of Whadjuk Nyungar country.

The company's vision is to provide quality services through their ethos of 'gnullar wort koort kwop boorda' - let's go forward together for a better future.

Ingrid has achieved many accolades including a Bachelor in Indigenous Australian Studies from Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School MURRA Alumni, placed third at the National Indigenous Comedy Competition – Deadly Funnies in 2009. a delegate, presenter and published a paper at the UN Women Leaders Forum in Israel in 2013, represented Supply Nation in San Antonio in 2013 and won Indigenous Business of the Year at the Belmont Small Business Awards in 2014.

Ingrid recently added another accolade to her CV, when she was asked to speak at a local TEDx Perth event which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XUOj13yuY

For further information visit: http://www.kartkoortwiern.com/