Aboriginal Contracting Framework

The Northern Territory Government is developing an Aboriginal Contracting Framework that will support Aboriginal employment and business opportunities through government contracting, including procurement and grants.

Supporting Aboriginal employment opportunities will benefit the Territory by growing the local economy, increasing business and regional development and building the local Territory workforce.

The new Aboriginal Contracting Framework will be developed through an extensive stakeholder engagement process; and will replace the Indigenous Employment Provisional Sum policy, which ceased in August 2017.

Get involved

Stages 1 (Round 1 consultations: information gathering and research), stage 2 (policy options development tested with key stakeholders), and stage 3 (Round 2 consultations: input into policy option development) are now complete.

Phases 1 and 2 of the stakeholder engagement saw the team meet with almost 1,000 government, industry, business, NGO and Aboriginal stakeholders, with the team hosting over sixty (60) workshops, a number of focus group sessions and multiple one-on-one meetings in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and seven (7) remote communities including Wadeye, Wurrumiyanga, Maningrida, Alyangula, Borroloola, Ntaria and Mutitjulu.

Stakeholders provided input into the policy options, developed by the policy development working group throughout Stage 2 of the project, based on what was heard from stakeholders throughout Stage 1, including:

  • Continuous employment and career development
  • Training and early career support
  • Government planning, procurement and contract management
  • Business partnerships and collaborative arrangements
  • Community empowerment
  • Government policy coordination between agencies

The reports from Stage 3 (Round 2 consultations) are available on this website (refer 'Document Library').

Next steps: The team is developing the draft framework, which will be available for comment in late March.

This website will be updated regularly as the development of the framework progresses.

The Northern Territory Government is developing an Aboriginal Contracting Framework that will support Aboriginal employment and business opportunities through government contracting, including procurement and grants.

Supporting Aboriginal employment opportunities will benefit the Territory by growing the local economy, increasing business and regional development and building the local Territory workforce.

The new Aboriginal Contracting Framework will be developed through an extensive stakeholder engagement process; and will replace the Indigenous Employment Provisional Sum policy, which ceased in August 2017.

Get involved

Stages 1 (Round 1 consultations: information gathering and research), stage 2 (policy options development tested with key stakeholders), and stage 3 (Round 2 consultations: input into policy option development) are now complete.

Phases 1 and 2 of the stakeholder engagement saw the team meet with almost 1,000 government, industry, business, NGO and Aboriginal stakeholders, with the team hosting over sixty (60) workshops, a number of focus group sessions and multiple one-on-one meetings in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and seven (7) remote communities including Wadeye, Wurrumiyanga, Maningrida, Alyangula, Borroloola, Ntaria and Mutitjulu.

Stakeholders provided input into the policy options, developed by the policy development working group throughout Stage 2 of the project, based on what was heard from stakeholders throughout Stage 1, including:

  • Continuous employment and career development
  • Training and early career support
  • Government planning, procurement and contract management
  • Business partnerships and collaborative arrangements
  • Community empowerment
  • Government policy coordination between agencies

The reports from Stage 3 (Round 2 consultations) are available on this website (refer 'Document Library').

Next steps: The team is developing the draft framework, which will be available for comment in late March.

This website will be updated regularly as the development of the framework progresses.