Aboriginal participation in construction (APIC)

In 2001 the NSW Government first issued a set of guidelines on Aboriginal participation in construction (APIC). These aimed to increase the number of employment and business opportunities available to Aboriginal people on government construction projects.

The guidelines were revised in 2007, and are available here

In 2015, the NSW Government agreed to move from voluntary guidelines for Aboriginal participation towards mandatory targets. This decision is now reflected in the Aboriginal Participation in Construction policy. Under the APIC policy, from July 2016 contractors must identify Aboriginal participation initiatives within construction projects to the value of 1.5 per cent of the project design and construction project.

All government construction projects will fall into one of three categories which determine how Aboriginal participation is managed:

Category 1: Projects directed mainly towards one or more Aboriginal communities

Category 2: Construction projects where the estimated value is more than $10 million

Category 3: Construction projects where the estimated value is more than $1 million but less than $10 million.

You can find out more about how the APIC policy operates here

Note: the APIC policy is currently being reviewed by NSW Procurement. It is expected that the outcomes of this review will be announced in early 2018.

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