OCHRE is the community-focused plan for Aboriginal affairs in NSW.
OCHRE commits the NSW Government to a different way of working with, and in support of, Aboriginal communities by building strong working partnerships that have at their heart respect for local Aboriginal culture, leadership and decision making.
In 2012 and 2013 some 2,700 Aboriginal people in NSW stated that Aboriginal language and cultures, education and employment and accountability are important priorities for Aboriginal communities. The NSW Government responded with OCHRE. OCHRE supports:
- Connected Communities – where schools work in partnership with Aboriginal leaders in the local community to improve education outcomes for young Aboriginal people
- Opportunity Hubs – which provide young Aboriginal people with clear pathways and incentives to stay at school and transition into employment, training or further education
- Industry-Based Agreements – partnerships with peak industry bodies to support Aboriginal employment and enterprise
- Language and Culture Nests – to revitalise and maintain languages as an integral part of culture and identity
- Local Decision Making – where Aboriginal communities are given a progressively bigger say in what services are delivered in their communities, and how they are delivered
- An Aboriginal Economic Prosperity Framework – that drives the long-term and sustainable economic prosperity of Aboriginal people and their communities across NSW
- A Deputy Ombudsman (Aboriginal Programs) – to provide independent oversight over Aboriginal programs
To access a copy of OCHRE, click here
To access a copy of the OCHRE Executive Summary, click here
To access the NSW Premier’s priorities for NSW, click here
To access a copy of the Taskforce final report, click here
NSW Government and NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding (NSW Government & NSWICC MOU)
In 2014 the NSW Government signed a formal MOU with the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) acknowledging the Chambers important role as an advocate and adviser for Aboriginal business but also for the organisations strength as a capacity builder and enabler to economic development. This new relationship provided a platform to support the establishment and Growth of Aboriginal Businesses and Jobs in NSW.
NSW Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP)
The Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) will aim for Aboriginal-owned businesses to be awarded at least three percent of the total number of domestic contracts for goods and services issued by NSW Government agencies by 2021.
In conjunction with the existing Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APIC) policy, the APP will aim to support an estimated 3,000 full-time equivalent employment opportunities for Aboriginal people through NSW Government procurement activities by 2021.
The APP supports the NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal Affairs, OCHRE, and is a key deliverable under the Aboriginal Economic Development Framework.
To read the NSWICC’s formal Media Release about the APP click here.
The Aboriginal Procurement in Construction Policy (APIC)
APIC supports greater participation by Aboriginal people on NSW Government Construction Projects. APIC sets minimum targets from 1.5% of eligible project spend. Under APIC Contractors have scope to determine how to meet this target, through direct spend on the project (such as employment, procurement from Aboriginal businesses etc.) or on services and support from Aboriginal Organisations and Service Providers approved by the NSW Government Procurement Board, for example the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on APIC please visit here
For information on NSWICC partner services available to support APIC visit here
For a copy of the APIC Policy visit here
NSW Aboriginal Business Portal
In 2015, the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and NSW Government launched the
NSW Aboriginal Business Portal to make it easier for Government to locate Aboriginal Businesses and to provide Aboriginal Businesses with increased exposure to government and private sector buyers.
The Portal is directly linked to the NSW Governments Buying Platform Procure Point.
To access the Portal click here
Industry Based Agreements (IBA’s) in NSW
The NSW Government also introduced Industry Based Agreements between the NSW Government and Key Industry Bodies to support job and contracting opportunities across NSW. To date, NSW Government has signed IBA’s with the following Peak Bodies and Partners:
- NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC)
- NSW Minerals Council
- Master Builders Association NSW
- NSW Civil Contractors Federation
NSW Government and NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Industry Based Agreement (NSW Gov NSWICC IBA)
The NSW Government & NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce IBA supports Greater Collaboration and outcomes in relation to Aboriginal Business Growth and Policy Implementation.
The NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) 2020 Road Map – An Economic and Social Impact Strategy.
The Strategy focuses on establishing and progressing key relationships and initiatives to accelerate Aboriginal Business Growth and Jobs in NSW. Key Initiatives include:
- NSWICC Aboriginal Business Acceleration Program which aims to get Aboriginal Businesses Procurement Ready.
- Hunter and Sydney (Redfern) Business Hubs and Incubators
- NSWICC Partnership Program
- NSWICC Associate Membership Program
- NSWICC Economic Development Fund
- FACCI Vending NSW