ADE Procurement Initiative

The Department of Social Services has contracted National Disability Services (NDS) to provide a range of social procurement initiatives. Funding of $700,000 will build on NDS’s BuyAbility Social Procurement Specialists service providing procurement opportunities for government and commercial/corporate purchases, while assisting ADEs to better position themselves through the transition to the NDIS.

As well as developing an online procurement initiative, NDS will deliver sector development by connecting and promoting relationships between buyers and ADE suppliers; provide education and training to ADEs on government and commercial/corporate procurement process, such as how to prepare a competitive tender response; and they will develop a communication and branding strategy to promote ADEs.

These initiatives are designed to improve the procurement opportunities for ADEs and give them greater visibility and viability in the marketplace as they transition to the NDIS.

This project is in early developmental stages and the Department is working closely with NDS to rollout these initiatives. However, if you would like further information about the ADE Procurement Initiative you can contact:

Helen Bednar, National Business Manager NDS
P: 02 9256 3113
M: 0448 047 906
E: helen.bednar@nds.org.au (link sends e-mail)
www.nds.org.au/resources/disability-enterprise-procurement-dep-program

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