Barpa, a year in review – 2017

As the year draws to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back over Barpa’s last 12 months

Overall 2017 was a good year which saw Barpa continue to grow as a company and deliver on its vision to empower Australia’s Indigenous people and businesses.

A summary of key achievements is below;



2017 has seen a noticeable improvement in Barpa’s tender strike-rate, this year we have won 12 projects in 6 states and territories. Our clients include Federal Government Departments and agencies, State Governments and Tier 1 Contractors.

We work in an increasingly competitive environment with the number of competing Indigenous businesses increasing significantly. To remain competitive Barpa has invested significant resources in our capability and Indigenous engagement.

Feedback on our tenders rates our submissions as being of a high quality and providing value for money.

Safety on our jobs remains an absolute priority as well as a strong focus on delivering quality projects successfully, on time and on budget.




A big part of why we do what we do is to increase employment and career opportunities for Indigenous people as this provides significant economic gains to the individuals who move into employment, and their families and communities.  Barpa is proud that in 2017 we were able to increase our Indigenous workforce to 21.

In the past 12 months we have welcomed 13 new staff to the Barpa team;


– Derek Hayes:   Leading Hand (Vic)
– Todd Councillor:   Contracts Administrator (NSW)
– Leila Carrick:   Building Co-ordinator (NT)
– Bradley Hutchings:   Site Manager (NT)
– Laura Brown:   Building Co-ordinator – Grad (Vic)
– Kevin Go-Sam:   Foreman (Qld)
– Justin Nuttall:   Construction Worker (Qld)
– Russell Wilcox:   Construction Worker (Qld)
– Norman Holmes:   Construction Worker (WA)
– Tane Lowe:   Construction Worker (Qld)
– Adam Dunn:   Business Development (Qld)
– Edward Pabai:   Construction Worker (Qld)
– Masiur Clermont:   Construction Worker (Qld)


We are committed to increasing our Indigenous staff and capability and being an employer of choice. Our staff are attracted to Barpa because:

– They join a company that appreciates and understands their Aboriginality

– They have Aboriginal colleagues

– We have cultural sensitivity

– They are mentored and supported

– We invest in their professional development



Community 2 Day

Barpa Construction Services encourage their employees to undertake volunteer work with charities and community organisations each year. This year Barpa provided staff and materials to the Victorian Aboriginal Communities Services Association Ltd (VACSAL) located in Northcote. Barpa team members spent a day refurbishing VACSAL’s function room/dining area which is used for commercial and Indigenous community functions.




Barpa practices what it preaches and uses Indigenous suppliers where possible.  In 2017 we have increased our number of Indigenous suppliers to 14.  We are proud to support other Indigenous businesses through purchasing their services and working together to ensure success.



Barpa was a final 3 Finalist in the Certified Supplier of the Year Category at the Supply Nation Connect 2017: Supplier Diversity awards in Sydney. Staff and Directors attended a great event and were proud to see recognition of their hard work.




As an Indigenous company Barpa ensures that it celebrates significant dates and events during the year, as well as attend Indigenous business events around the country.

This year we celebrated and attended;

– Reconciliation week

– Sorry Day


– Dreamtime at the G

– Supply Nation Connect

– Supply Nation Indigenous Tradeshow series


Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations

The Federation is the peak body for Victorian Traditional Owner organisations, the Majority owners of Barpa.  It has seven Traditional Owner Corporations with a combined membership of over 4000 Aboriginal people  The year saw the Federation receive a significant dividend from the business which enabled them to amongst other things;

– Employ their first CEO and secretariat

– Increase their capacity to advocate on behalf of Traditional Owners

– Release a new 3 year strategic plan

– Reinvest Resources to Grow Aboriginal Business and launch On Country Heritage and Consulting

– Develop an Aboriginal Sports Sponsorship Program

– Establish an Aboriginal Youth Cultural Strengthening Pilot Project

– Commission an Intangible Heritage Project.


Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to what we can achieve 2018!

The Barpa team wishes you all a safe festive season and a prosperous New Year!