The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has entered into a contract with the Fields Group for security guarding services within Australia. This is the largest security contract signed under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP).
This contract demonstrates the Department’s commitment to both Indigenous procurement and entrepreneurship. It is also an important milestone in the growth of the Fields Group business.
Under this contract, which is valued at $9.2 million over three years or $15.75 million, if the five year option is exercised, Fields Group will subcontract Wilson Security to assist in the delivery of these services. This arrangement will allow Fields Group to draw on Wilson’s knowledge while they develop their own experience and infrastructure. This model enables an established provider to work with an emerging Indigenous supplier for the commercial benefit of both parties at low risk for the Commonwealth.
The Fields Group will also engage several other Indigenous providers in the delivery of these services, including Outback Global, the Muru Group, and Our Mob. The services will commence later in 2015.