Case Studies - Aboriginal Participation in Construction

About APiC

Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APiC) is a NSW Government policy designed to encourage the construction industry to create opportunities for Aboriginal people, Aboriginal owned businesses and Aboriginal communities. APiC applies to most construction contracts over $1 million. The key requirement of APiC is that a minimum of 1.5% of the total contract value, minus exclusions, is directed to Aboriginal employment, training and goods and services.

APiC in action

Gocup Road

Gocup Road corridor provides a vital economic link between Sydney and Melbourne, with a high number of heavy vehicles using the 31 kilometre two-lane rural road.

The Doctors Hill to Halfway Hill project involves road strengthening, widening and safety improvements started in October 2017.

In 2017-18 the APiC spend was at 2.4% of the total project spend, which was well above the compulsory 1.5% spend. As part of this spend, ten Aboriginal people were employed. The project also hired two Aboriginal owned businesses. These were an office supplies company and plant hire.

The contractor will also donate a spray trailer to a local Aboriginal organisation for future use on road projects.

Dignams Creek

Dignams Creek has a history of crashes involving vehicles leaving the road. The project will improve road safety by upgrading the highway to meet current road design standards.

The Dignams Creek project employed 23 Aboriginal People in the 2017-18 financial year. The contractor used Supply Nation and the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce to identify Aboriginal businesses for the project.