Barpa thriving under the Indigenous Procurement Policy

Barpa thriving under the Indigenous Procurement Policy

Indigenous Affairs Economic Development Indigenous Procurement Policy
Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Indigenous Procurement Policy was launched less than a year ago but is already creating millions of dollars’ worth of business for Indigenous owned enterprises.

An example of an Indigenous business that is thriving as a result of the policy is Barpa. Barpa, means "to build" in the language of the Jaara People of central Victoria.

Barpa is based in Victoria, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and now Canberra. Barpa is a partnership between the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporations and Cockram Construction. It provides construction and maintenance services.

The opening of Barpa’s Canberra office last week demonstrates the success of their joint initiative. Under the policy Barpa has been awarded 15 Commonwealth contracts, valued in total at $14.4 million.

Guest speaker Richard Eccles, Deputy Secretary, Indigenous Affairs from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, spoke at Barpa’s Canberra office launch.

"Barpa’s success provides an example of government and businesses working in tandem in an effort to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage," Richard said.

"Through the policy, the Commonwealth Government is leveraging its purchasing power to boost the Indigenous business sector.

"Like Barpa, there are Indigenous businesses across the nation that are benefiting from Commonwealth procurement. By 2020, the Government has committed to award three percent of Australian government contracts to Indigenous businesses.

"Barpa makes a contribution to creating wealth and jobs, and plays a vital role in the effort to support Indigenous economic independence."

Jeremy Clark, Barpa’s General Manager said Barpa is keen to hear from Indigenous people interested in working in the sector.

"We are committed to building career opportunities for Indigenous people and promoting from within," Jeremy said.

"Even if you don’t feel you have the necessary experience yet, we would be keen to hear from Indigenous people interested in working in the sector, to see how we can work with you to develop your skill set."

For further information on Barpa view their company profile.

Related information

Read more about the Indigenous Procurement Policy.