TWO of Australia’s leading consulting companies have formed a partnership to create greater opportunities for Indigenous people, communities and businesses.
Nous Group (Nous) and Indigenous Professional Services (IPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 1 committing to work together to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Nous and IPS will partner on projects and initiatives to drive and influence policy and strategy at the highest levels of government and businesses around Australia.
The partnership enables Governments and organisations to access world class management consulting services – such as business and digital strategy, organisational performance, leadership and public policy, research and communications services – and builds supplier diversity and Indigenous engagement opportunities.
Recently the partners worked together to strengthen the NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Services Sector. Nous worked with IPS to create an Industry Development Strategy to identify strategies for building capacity from the perspective of Aboriginal providers. The project involved a collaborative co-design workshop and focus groups that saw Aboriginal service providers develop practical suggestions for the sector’s key needs.
IPS Managing Director Katina Law heralded the new partnership with Nous, saying it would add enormous value not only to each organisation, but to existing and potential clients.
“Our two companies come from very different backgrounds but we share the same values and desires around building the capacity of Indigenous communities and increasing opportunities for Indigenous people," she said.
“For our clients, this partnership will offer a significant increase in capability and experience while at the same time continuing to deliver value for money and confidence in our supply of services.
“This partnership will deliver a positive impact in so many ways.”
Nous Managing Director Tim Orton expressed his enthusiasm to work collaboratively with IPS, saying the partnership will enhance the strengths of both organisations. “The MOU highlights Nous’ commitment to share knowledge and work collaboratively with IPS," he said.
“We look forward to partnering on joint opportunities; drawing on the strengths and expertise from both companies to deliver outstanding outcomes for our clients.
“Like IPS, Nous is a values-based company that strives to achieve positive impact through the work we do. We are committed to achieving better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Nous Managing Director Tim Orton and IPS Managing Director Katina Law shake hands on the deal.