DFAT chalks up big indigenous business contract

By Stephen Easton

October 16, 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has signed a contract with an indigenous-owned security guarding company in a sign of progress towards meeting the targets set under the federal Indigenous Procurement Policy.

DFAT announced this week that the indigenous-owned Fields Group has signed a deal worth $9.2 million over three years, with the possibility of extension to five years, which would increase the value to $15.75 million.

The department says the deal is a demonstration of its “commitment to both indigenous procurement and entrepreneurship” and “an important milestone in the growth of the Fields Group business”.

The Fields Group will subcontract Wilson Security, a familiar name in government contracting due to its work in Australia’s controversial offshore detention centres, to help it deliver the security services. DFAT explains:

“This arrangement will allow Fields Group to draw on Wilson’s knowledge while they develop their own experience and infrastructure.

This model enables an established provider to work with an emerging Indigenous supplier for the commercial benefit of both parties at low risk for the Commonwealth. The Fields Group will also engage several other Indigenous providers in the delivery of these services, including Outback Global, the Muru Group, and Our Mob. The services will commence later in 2015.”

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