Designed to increase employment opportunities for people with disability through the promotion, connection and management of socially responsible procurement opportunities for Australian Disability Enterprises with public and private sector buyers.
- Use your buying power to promote supplier diversity
- Play an active role in creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability
- Improve productivity and meet your organisation’s business objectives by contracting out certain tasks
- Promote your business as a socially responsible purchaser through We BuyAbility
Who is this resource for?
All levels of government across Australia, as well as private businesses looking to procure products and services from Disability Enterprises for specific contracts and projects. To assist in this process, NDS offers a contract management service – BuyAbility Procurement.
The government endorsed BuyAbility initiative is:
Affordable: High-quality products and services at competitive prices
Reliable: Easy contract administration, award and probity compliance
Seamless: Access to a national network of 600 Disability Enterprise outlets
Low risk: Risk management of contracts and suppliers
Socially responsible: Create measurable social and economic impacts for thousands of people with disability
In mid-2009, the NSW Government enacted legislation which enabled its agencies to procure goods and services directly from disability employment organisations.
These organisations are collectively known as 'Australian Disability Enterprises.' The 2009 legislation was explained in the Premier's Memorandum 2010-6, relating to policy background and expected outcomes.
The original legislation has been transferred to the Public Works and Procurement Regulation 2014. This exists as Clause 5 within the Regulation.
Clause 5 eliminates the need for NSW Government agencies to conduct open, competitive tenders, when engaging Australian Disability Enterprises.
In addition, NSW Government agencies can engage Australian Disability Enterprises who supply goods and services listed in State Contracts without reference to State Contracts.
BuyAbility Procurement is the government-endorsed service enabling this regulation. NDS launched its BuyAbility initiative in 2016 to promote and secure a thriving supported employment sector – one that produces high-quality products and services and meaningful employment and training opportunities for people with disability.
This program was previously referred to as the Disability Enterprise Procurement Program.