Aboriginal Business Directory joins forces with ICN Gateway

Western Australian Indigenous owned businesses have received a boost with the relaunch of the enhanced Aboriginal Business Directory of WA (ABDWA), now integrated with ICN Gateway.

About 70 Indigenous and non-Indigenous business owners attended the relaunch of the free directory – held over two days due to physical distancing laws.

ICN WA consultant Ray Loh said more and more Government and private organisations were looking to work with Aboriginal companies and integrating the directory with Gateway opened up more of these opportunities.

He told the audience at the relaunch that the new-look ABDWA made it easier for suppliers to participate in all the opportunities listed on the site, including major resources, renewable and infrastructure projects.

Ray said directory was now much easier to use and more contemporary than its previous incarnation, adding that suppliers needed to ensure that their profile is up to date and use the right keywords in their company descriptions so they get the most out of the directory and can be found by major project owners and contractors.

“One of the things that we also set up is a site on ICN Gateway specifically for Regional and Indigenous opportunities in WA,” Ray said.

“It enables businesses in ABDWA and regional directories to be notified of new opportunities for them to register an EOI within the portal.”

He encouraged government agencies, major project operators or major contractors to work with ICN to maximise opportunities for regional or Indigenous companies.

Speaking at the launch, Wirra Hub general manager Shane Devitt being integrated with ICN Gateway made the ADBWA even more useful for businesses looking for work prospects.

“It is another channel, another source of opportunity,” he said.

The register currently has 675 registered businesses and is widely used by procurement entities to find Aboriginal businesses that may be suitable for project tenders. 

The audience at the launch also heard from Jackson McDonald partner Luke Paterson about forming joint ventures.

He said Aboriginal partnering with non-Aboriginal parties needed to go into the deals with their “eyes wide open”.

A joint venture enabling Aboriginal participation might offer the partners “leverage” to attractive project opportunities but did not necessarily mean there was true alignment, he said.

To find out more about the ABDWA, to register on the directory, or to find an Aboriginal-owned business to supply to your project, go here