At Origin, we continue to look at ways to increase the participation of Indigenous businesses throughout our supply chain. Our Indigenous Participation Commitments (IPCs) have enabled CRC Electrical Indigenous business to work indirectly with Origin for the last four years.
As a large energy company, we know that opportunities are not always available for smaller companies to work directly for Origin. However, these opportunities may be possible through subcontracting with our major contractors.
Since 2016, we have included commitments in our key supplier contracts to increase opportunities for Indigenous businesses to participate in our supply chain. Today, these commitments are captured in our IPCs and ensure our contractors develop, identify and commit to areas where Indigenous companies can be engaged as subcontractors.
CRC Electrical is one of those subcontractors. Founded in 2004, CRC Electrical is a small, Indigenous-owned business located in Miles in regional Queensland. The CRC Electrical team hires locals, including apprentices, with the aim of ensuring the contracts they are awarded benefit the local community.
CRC Electrical first worked directly with Origin on small jobs in accommodation camps, and then moved on to larger contracts such as refrigeration works, communication installation and data and electrical works.
“Working with Origin gave us the opportunity to grow and develop our skills and procedures. It also gave us the chance to get our vehicles up to spec and buy uniforms and PPE. This experience has opened us up to winning work with other companies, including larger scopes of work as a subcontractor of Origin,” said Clayton Cusack, an electrical and refrigeration supervisor at CRC Electrical.
CRC Electrical has recently won subcontractor packages with one of Origin’s major contractors, Downer, as part of the IPCs included in its contracts with the Integrated Gas business.
“We have been working with Downer for the last four years on a variety of jobs, including installing air conditioning units on high voltage substations, high voltage cable installations, and reinstalling air conditioners from demobilised accommodation camps,” said Clayton.
Reflecting on the development of the team Clayton said, “We now have a really concentrated workforce at CRC Electrical that is accountable for their work. We strive to evolve and develop our people and have them follow in our footsteps.”