Kimberley Aboriginal business and jobseeker support services

Page last updated: Monday, 1 May 2023 - 10:12am

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The WA Government has a range of Aboriginal business development and employment services to assist those affected by the recent Kimberley floods. The services are available to any Aboriginal business, organisation, community or person in the region. 

This page provides a list of procurement, management and tender support services to help Kimberley-based businesses grow and succeed. Jobseekers can also access a range of culturally sensitive training, employment and career support services which include advice, assistance and access to job search boards.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Business support

Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Service (APAS)

Contact: Morrgul

There are significant procurement opportunities in the Kimberley. Under the Aboriginal Procurement Policy State Government agencies are required to award a specified percentage of their total contracts to registered Aboriginal businesses each financial year. This applies to all contracts for goods, services, community services and works.

APAS, delivered by Aboriginal service provider Morrgul, helps Aboriginal businesses find and successfully tender for Government procurement contracts. Existing businesses, as well as Aboriginal groups looking to establish new businesses, can be provided with advice and support to improve administration and governance.

Local Content Adviser Network

Contact: Local Content Adviser Laura Anderson

Business and employment opportunities exist through DPIRD’s Local Content Initiative, which encourages Government, industry and other groups to ‘buy close to home’.

The Kimberley Local Content Adviser can connect regional Aboriginal businesses and contractors with Government and industry contract opportunities. This may include support to increase business knowledge, skills and capability.

Advisers can also work with local businesses and industry to provide opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers.

Primary industry enterprise support

Contact: DPIRD AED Unit

DPIRD offers a one-on-one client service to Aboriginal pastoral, farming and fisheries businesses, to help increase their capability, profitability and sustainability.

DPIRD staff help businesses adopt best practice management, attract investment and develop sustainable business models.

Better businesses lead to more employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Primary industry diversification and new industries

Contact: DPIRD AED Unit

DPIRD discovers and unlocks economic development opportunities within WA’s land and sea primary industries, and helps Aboriginal businesses to become involved.

Carbon, sandalwood, bushfoods, regenerative agriculture, commercial fishing, hydrogen and native seeds provide opportunities for diversification, as well as a market entry point for new Aboriginal businesses. 

DPIRD can provide information and guidance on business planning, production and commercialisation.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements - measures to assist primary producers

The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (known as DRFAWA) commenced 1 November 2018 and provide a range of measures designed to help those within disaster affected communities.

The DRFAWA is administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The primary producer assistance measures are administered by DPIRD on behalf of DFES.

Current rounds

AGRN1044 - Ex TC Ellie & Assoc Flooding in WA (28 Dec 2022 onwards) - Category B

Open now and closing 27 June 2023

AGRN1044 - Ex TC Ellie Category D Freight Assistance Program

Open now and closing 30 June 2023

Department of Finance

Business support

Aboriginal Business Capability Building Service

Contact: Morrgul

Morrgul offers a one-on-one mentor service to help existing Aboriginal business grow and succeed.

A tailored action plan is created. This is a personalised plan and never ‘off the shelf’. Each plan recognises the client’s business and provides the right solutions to help it move forward.

Support is aimed at building capability in areas such as marketing, growth opportunities, tender applications, pricing, costing, governance and compliance.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

Job seeker support

Jobs and Skills Centres

Contact: Broome Jobs and Skills Centre

Contact: Kununurra Jobs and Skills Centre

The Broome and Kununurra Jobs and Skills Centres have specialist services to help Aboriginal job seekers. Staff provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, based on their extensive knowledge of local communities, industries and stakeholders throughout their regions.

The centres connect jobseekers to employers, help with resumes and job applications, and provide advice on careers, apprenticeships and training. There are outreach services to Derby and Fitzroy Crossing in the West Kimberley, and Halls Creek, Warmun and Wyndham in the East Kimberley.

West Kimberley services are supported by Busy at Work, and in the East Kimberley by the Wunan Foundation.

Aboriginal services jobs board

Contact: Aboriginal jobs board 

The Aboriginal jobs board provides access to jobs that have been specially selected. Job seekers can search for jobs at any time, or register for email updates of new jobs that match their criteria. 

Deadly Jobs board (Facebook page)

Contact: Deadly Jobs

Deadly Jobs is an exclusive Aboriginal job seeker Facebook page created by Jobs and Skills WA. It advertises culturally suited jobs, provides useful tips for job seeking, and includes other information of interest.