IPS put together this infographic in 2018 to give an overview of how the IPP works.
We have officially released our brand new Capability Statement for 2019! We're proud of how this document reflects our continuing growth and diversification.
“One thing we have always advocated for around the policy is the use of the mandatory set aside, and the need to increase the number of higher value contracts that Indigenous businesses can win.
“We know that many departments have gone a along way to embed Indigenous businesses in their supply chain and build relationships. However, there are still those who treat the policy as transactional and in order to meet their contract numbers will offer many little contracts, which make it harder for Indigenous businesses to become sustainable,” she said.
A major issue raised in the discussions was the success of the IPP in terms of Indigenous employment, and the need for strategies to both attract and retain Indigenous employees.
Kristal said it was important to remember employment opportunities can only be possible when there is financial sustainability.
“One or two contracts won’t help a small Indigenous business grow. Attracting Indigenous staff, depending on industry, can also be tough,” she said.
“What we realised early on, is that you can’t rely on the federal government alone to build a business. An Indigenous business should have multiple markets and sectors that they are tackling to build a strong revenue base.
“Focusing on delivering strongly and building meaningful client relationships will ensure repeat work. We’re fortunate to have been able to create new employment opportunities because of our growth. However, if we don’t continue to maintain our contract and revenue levels, we won’t be able to sustain the roles.
“We have also struggled with attracting Indigenous staff. We are based in regions, and a lot of talent exists in the major cities. Challenges with matched career aspirations, salary expectations and other work conditions can have a big impact on attracting Indigenous staff to a business, which we have experienced first-hand.”
The IPP will undergo further changes from July 1 2019, with the target for Indigenous procurement to be increased by 0.25 per cent each year from 2020, until it reaches three per cent in 2027.
In March Sue is co-facilitating community arts forums to set the vision for Adelaide City Council's future Public Arts Strategy, with a team nationally regarded as being one of the more experienced and avant-garde in the sector.
Susan has worked with a number of Indigenous Arts organisations and artist-run bodies on developing stronger lines of revenue, adapting business approaches to planning in the not-for-profit sector, and making compelling and supported arguments for state funding to continue cultural diversity and artistic work, rarely funded by private sector alone.
In 2018 Sue assisted IPS to establish Business Advisory South West and Peel, with a range of innovative approaches drawn from over a decade of delivering innovative business support to time-poor, passionate regional business owners.
IPS looks forward to bringing you increased capacity in regional and nature-based tourism, arts and business viability.
If you have a project you'd like us to respond to in these new sectors, please get in touch for more information.
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The IPS Team
It’s not often the whole IPS team gets together in one place – but that’s exactly what happened on February 8, at Footprints Resort in Preston Beach.
The team development weekend gave everyone in IPS a chance to catch up, in come cases to meet in person for the first time, and to develop, together, a new and cohesive statement of purpose for the business:
“IPS provides innovative and focussed consulting services that inspire people and provide purpose for our clients. We passionately embrace opportunities to create meaningful pathways for Indigenous communities and businesses.”
IPS Managing Director Kristal Kinsela said that it was a truly emotional moment to stand up in front of such an amazing team.
“I loved bringing everyone together in the one place. It was so valuable to connect and share as a team,” she said.
“As a relatively young business, we’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in facing the challenges as an Indigenous business, building a strong brand and forcing open the doors to opportunity,” Kristal said.
“IPS is passionate about a shared desire to build the capacity of Indigenous businesses, communities and people.
“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead such a strong business and great team.”
Kristal praised former IPS Managing Director Katina Law for her outstanding leadership and guidance over the past three years. “Katina has been a fantastic leader and inspirational mentor, not only to me but to all of us within the IPS family, I wouldn’t be where I am without her,” Kristal said.
IPS Management Consultants, established in 2015, provides jobs and business opportunities to many Aboriginal people across Australia. IPS has grown to 25 staff in 3 years, with 33 per cent of those Indigenous. A passionate advocate of growing opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses, IPS was awarded Supply Nation’s 2018 Certified Supplier of the Year, in recognition of its inspirational work in driving supplier diversity in Australia.
The appointment as Managing Director caps a remarkable 12 months for Kristal, a mother of three from Port Macquarie, NSW.
IPS also warmly welcomes new Operations Manager Jahna Cedar to the team. Jahna is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader.
Jahna has worked for over 18 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people, and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First amongst Equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017 and enjoys speaking at various events on issues of social justice, Indigenous rights and business management.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jahna to our team to drive our operations and continue to support our growth as a national business,” said Kristal.