Indigenous Business Sector Flourishing - A Decade of Supply Nation

Release Date: 
10 September 2019
Media release

Supply Nation today marks 10 years of growing supplier diversity by connecting Indigenous businesses with Government and corporate buyers, helping Indigenous Australians win more work and sustainable investment.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said Supply Nation showcases the scale, scope and capabilities of Indigenous businesses throughout Australia.

“Supply Nation has proven to be one of Australia’s most successful business-to-business portals,” Minister Wyatt said. “I want to commend them and encourage them to keep walking and working with Indigenous Australians across this great continent.”

“They open supplier pathways through their free publically available business register. Supply Nation also provide assurance to corporate consumers that listed organisations benefit Indigenous Australians.

“The Morrison Government is achieving its targets through the highly successful Indigenous Procurement Policy - and Supply Nation is a great example of this.  I look forward to the next decade of even more investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.”

Chief Executive Officer of Supply Nation, Laura Berry, said Supply Nation was founded with a vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been trading for over 60,000 years, however, Indigenous people are highly under-represented in the Australian business landscape,” Ms Berry said.

“I am very proud of the work that has been accomplished. From a starting point of 13 certified suppliers 10 years ago, Supply Nation now has over 2,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses listed with us on Indigenous Business Direct.

“I acknowledge all the entrepreneurs, visionaries and passionate advocates that have got us to this major milestone and extend the call to join with us as we work towards a more equitable Australia for all.”

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