Procurement & Supply

2018 Torres Strait Fisheries Summit

2018 Torres Strait Fisheries Summit

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Fisheries team engaged Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) to work together to develop and facilitate the 2018 TSRA Fisheries Summit (Summit). TMC worked closely with the TSRA Fisheries team for just over a month prior to the event to refine and formalise the Summit.

Strengthening Business Vision through Family and Culture

Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) founder and Managing Director, Murray Saylor welcomed an opportunity to spend time with family and reconnect with culture during the Christmas holiday period  in order to culturally re-energise and revisit our Company business strategy.

Firstly, taking time out to revisit the roots of why I established TMC was timely considering the next business phase I am taking TMC into within Australia and in the global village. TMC was created based on experience, vision, Western education and my Torres Strait Islander cultural roots, and value systems. As a young business which has been operating for just under four years it was time to revisit from a cultural perspective TMC's business strategy and value systems, a cultural strategic planning process you may say.

I used two significant family events to conduct my personal revitalization and the business review process - Sailor/Sela/Saylor family reunion, Cairns, and 60th birthday celebration for my au bala (big brother) Jackson Sailor that was held in Bamaga.

Before I continue I would like to pay respects to my ancestors, elders, friends and families who inspire my entrepreneurial spirit to "maximise opportunities to make a difference."

2017 Sailor/Sela/Saylor Family Reunion

I will not go into detail about the intricacies of the whole celebration but I will share a little about the significance and my key takeaways from this important event.

In short I am from a VERY big Torres Strait Islander family which is connected to various Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal families but, whose roots originate from the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Lifou Island (New Caleldonia). Yes, Lifou Island is part of the Loyalty Islands that various cruise ships frequent and some say is "paradise".

I am the great, great grandson of Dosiah Sailor who was the third eldest child (12 first generation children) in our massive family. Yes, my surname is spelt differently but there are various stories on why that is the case, I will not take up your time today explaining. The Reunion was the second family gathering to occur and it was full of colour, laughter, dance, song and vibrancy that is always memorable.

Key ReunionTakeaways

  • Identity and belonging strengthens entrepreneurial spirit
  • Cultural values will remain key business driver for TMC
  • Family and community are avenues to empower our next generations with new opportunities

Bamaga Celebration Odyssey

My odyssey to Bamaga from Brisbane involved 3 car rides, 2 flights, 3 stopovers and 1 4WD ride which was a adventurous start. My time in Bamaga was filled with laughs, sunburn, celebration, energy, adventures, meeting new friends, and catching up with family.

In the lead up to the various celebrations I had the opportunity with my brothers and uncles to go hunting and fishing in the waters at the northern tip of Australia. In short, it was incredible and besides a great sunburn I managed to nab the catch of the day. Woohoo!! All the produce we caught was contributed to the family celebrations.

I had the humbling opportunity to attend a nephews shaving ceremony and on the same day attend my au bala's 60th birthday celebration which provided an opportunity to meet relatives and new bala's and sissy's (brothers and sisters). 

I had discussions with various business owners, change makers, aspiring entrepreneurs who just want to contribute to the sustainability of their community, families and culture.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone I came in contact with in Bamaga for their "debi pasin" (respect).

Key Bamaga Takeaways

  • Our most inspiring entrepreneurs and change makers come from our communities
  • Sustainable community development has to be driven by local suppliers and change makers
  • Supplier diversity is a key avenue in business innovation - socially and commercially.

Where to now.....?

Once again I would like to thank all family, friends and community change makers I connected with during my family pilgrimage. I have brought back new ideas and strengthened focus to drive Tagai Management Consultants into the next phase of our journey in which we will continue to "maximise opportunities to make a difference" to our clients, and communities.

Key Takeaways from Journey

  • Identity and belonging strengthens entrepreneurial spirit,
  • Cultural values will remain key business driver for TMC,
  • Family and community are avenues to empower our next generations with new opportunities,
  • Our most inspiring entrepreneurs and change makers come from our communities,
  • Sustainable community development has to be driven by local suppliers and change makers, and
  • Supplier diversity is a key avenue in business innovation - socially and commercially.

If you are looking to work with a dynamic management consultancy who values empowering relationships, innovative solutions and achieving results contact Tagai Management Consultants today via our website, email: or phone: +61 0400 280 856.

Author: Murray Saylor, Founder and Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants

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Ipswich Indigenous Entrepreneurs Coming Together

On Monday, 30 October 2017 Tagai Management Consultants co-hosted with Ngiyani Pty Ltd the Ipswich Black Business Coffee Networking & Meet-up at Seeds Coffee (owned by Torres Strait Islander entrepreneur, Tamara Haworth).

The event was one of many nationwide events throughout October celebrating Indigenous Business Month.

17 aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, a local government Councillor and IBA attended the coffee event with a spirit of respect for country, collaboration and motivation to not just strengthen their business journey but, to ensure the community benefits.

Old connections were energised, new connections were started and all participants agreed that the event which built upon the coffee events hosted by the Southeast Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for Indigenous entrepreneurs in the Ipswich region to create a business ecosystem that encourages, learning, collaboration, strong relationships and community.

The next event is scheduled for Monday, 27 November 2017 at The Secret Garden, 241 Brisbane Street, Ipswich Qld and on the  focused agenda will be some professional development, government insights and Tagai Management Consultants will deliver a procurement session.

Tagai Management Consultants is proud to support the Ipswich Black Business Coffee Networking & Meet up events.  Tagai Management Consultants "MAXIMISING OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE".



Community Role Models Influencing the Status Quo

Helllo family, friends and colleagues wherever you are in our global village. When you are marketing your business, community program or initiative the best place to start and maintain is in your local community or region.

When we share that we want to give back to community keep in mind that it is not just through supporting the local community (e.g. financial, employment, sponsorship, etc) but also through you as a local community resident, leader, family member and entrepreneur.

Even though you may not like it, you are a local having a go in the wider global village and a ROLE MODEL. Some people may not agree but, they are not the one's working towards their dreams.

Let's celebrate our local community people, businesses, and community organisations making a difference, you are changing the status quo.

Tagai Management Consultants is focused on "maximising opportunities to make a difference" in our global villlage. 
(photo credit: Dept of Defence photographer)

2015 Meet the buyer event, Canberra with fellow inspiring entrepreneurs and Dept of defence executive (photo credit: Dept of defence photographer)

2015 Meet the buyer event, Canberra with fellow inspiring entrepreneurs and Dept of defence executive (photo credit: Dept of defence photographer)

Laing O'Rourke - Indigenous Procurement Program Opportunities

Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) is a Indigenous procurement and supply chain company focused on "maximising opportunities to make a difference". TMC encourages information sharing and collaboration within the marketplace.

Recently, Laing O'Rourke adopted a company-wide Indigenous Procurement Policy. Effective from the 1st April 2017, all new projects will have a minimum target spend with Indigenous businesses.

Laing O'Rourke want to achieve a better understanding of the Indigenous Supply Chain within different regions and sectors. Laing O'Rourke are asking Indigenous companies to register their interest for the work packages on the Industry Capability Network (ICN) website. This will give Laing O'Rourke an opportunity to understand the company's capabilities and to include them in future tenders.

Package sizes will vary depending on project and scope. Laing O'Rourke currently have projects in:

  • WA - Perth
  • NSW - Sydney, Newcastle
  • QLD - Brisbane
  • SA - Adelaide
  • NT - Darwin
  • VIC - Melbourne
  • ACT - Canberra

Refer to the following Industry Capability Network (ICN) link for further informatiion and registration details.

TMC sourced information from the web address above.

New Service Matches Ideas With Investors

Innovators in the engineering, construction and resources sectors across the state can meet their match in a potential end user, investor or advisor in a new Queensland Government program opening on October 17.

 The Department of State Development’s pilot Engineering, Construction and Resources Innovation Hub (ECRI Hub) program aims to identify commercial opportunities in these sectors by translating ideas into products and services and exploiting their full potential.

 The program recognises the difficulty that small to medium enterprises can face in lifting bright ideas off the drawing board and into the board room.

 Under the first stage of the pilot program, up to eight participants will be selected to work with leading engineering and professional services company GHD to increase their market intelligence and understanding of the commercial value of their product. 

 Up to three participants will be advanced to a second, more intensive stage of the program focused on developing industry partnerships and longer term outcomes.

 The Queensland Government will cover two-thirds of the $9000 Stage One and two-thirds of the $18,000 Stage Two costs, and participants will be expected to make a financial commitment.

 GHD will work with participants to develop an overview of their innovations’ opportunities by identifying possible industries, geographies, markets and clients and document the recommended next steps to commercialisation.

 By mid-next year participants are expected to have a product or service ready for market and a strategy to maximise growth.

Expressions of Interest for the program close on 14 November. For more information and to apply visit