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Article by Jim Atkinson, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager at MMA Offshore Ltd

Would anyone disagree that we’ve got it good in Western Australia? Despite the high cost of living, compared to the rest of the world, we’re pretty fortunate here (economically, socially and culturally).
I’ve worked in supply chain roles for most of my working life, and 90% of that’s been paid for (in one way or another) by the stuff we dig up and pump out of the ground. We are a prosperous state, once riding on the sheep’s back, we’ve become dependent upon our mineral resources, and what a bounty those resources have delivered! That said, my personal view is that we could have made more of the opportunities we’ve had. It seems to me we’ve had some chances to lift up all parts of our community that we just didn’t capitalise on.

I’ve worked in supply chain roles for most of my working life, and 90% of that’s been paid for (in one way or another) by the stuff we dig up and pump out of the ground. We are a prosperous state, once riding on the sheep’s back, we’ve become dependent upon our mineral resources, and what a bounty those resources have delivered! That said, my personal view is that we could have made more of the opportunities we’ve had. It seems to me we’ve had some chances to lift up all parts of our community that we just didn’t capitalise on.
Out of the construction boom and into a period of operations and production focus, there are still solid prospects for us to address issues of economic and social equity in WA (and perhaps further afield too). You don’t have to be a bleeding heart, or even particularly observant, to see that there are economic and social disadvantages that some groups face in more depth than others.

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In recent times, indigenous representation in a range of economic activities appears to be on the rise. Aboriginal entrepreneurship is evident, and seems to be gathering momentum. Certainly indigenous businesses are more visible in the marketplace than ever before. As procurement professionals, the challenge to us is whether we choose to champion such businesses through our day-today activities, or sit back and wait to see what others will do.

Even small steps now provide impetus for sustained business activity. Whether you are with a major resource company, a not-for-profit organisation, or anything in between, you are in a unique position to diversify your supplier mix. Your attention to cost, quality and time, need not be lost through engaging the local market, in fact, typically lower supplier overheads, high account service levels and true local presence, provide a compelling business case to change (and include).

There are a quite a few things that we can do to identify and support good indigenous business. I’d invite all of us to consider what we can do, and also to use our networks to enhance the prospects of those businesses. It may be that we are quite a way off finding economic parity across the whole of our community, but I don’t doubt that the procurement profession can make a big impact on how long it’s going to take.

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If you’re interested in joining with like-minded procurement folks to advocate indigenous business activity in Western Australia, you’ll find collegiate support in the Local Contracting Alliance. While elaborate strategies and beautiful policy documents have their place, action-based groups, providing support in an informal manner, appear to at least generate positive short term outcomes – a boost to businesses which otherwise might wither and perish from over-fertilising and under-cultivation.

If you look at the growing success of organisations like Cole Workwear, Ashbac Distribution, and Kulbardi, we’re not talking lofty aspirations, but real outcomes supporting the most local content you can find. If we don’t get behind this in a big way though, we’re going to miss out on an amazing opportunity.

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