Social Procurement Framework

Social procurement is when organisations use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods, services or construction being procured. Social value refers to the benefits for all Victorians when the social and sustainable outcomes are achieved, through procurement activities.

Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework

Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework enables departments and agencies to deliver greater benefits from their procurement spend. The policy harnesses the government’s buying power to increase the value of goods, services and construction by delivering social and sustainable outcomes that benefit all Victorians.

The Social Procurement Framework is a dual responsibility of the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions (DJPR) and the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF).

Supporting industry and suppliers

The Victorian Government through DJPR is committed to supporting industry and suppliers to increase their awareness and understanding of the Social Procurement Framework.

The Buying for Victoria website includes supplier fact sheets covering the following topics:

  • Essential information
  • Inclusive Employment
  • Public Construction Suppliers
  • Aboriginal Businesses
  • Victorian Australian Disability Enterprises
  • Social Enterprises
  • Small to Medium Enterprises
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Procurement forward plans are available on the Buying for Victoria website for each department and core agency. The plans provide an overview of the types of procurement activities (for goods and services) that government agencies may undertake over the next 12 to 18 months.

Social benefit suppliers are encouraged to contact Kinaway, Supply Nation and Social Traders to find about how they engage or assist to do business with the government.

Presentations and events

The Victorian Government conducts a range of presentations and events in Melbourne and regional Victoria about the Social Procurement Framework in partnership with key stakeholders.

Kinaway, Supply Nation and Social Traders also host events which include presentations and stalls by the Victorian Government about the Framework.

The Local Jobs First Commissioner organises conferences and workshops around Melbourne and Regional Victoria which often include presentations by the Victorian Government about the Social Procurement Framework.

Videos

These videos aim to showcase and inspire social procurement. They demonstrate the positive benefits that suppliers (businesses) and buyers (whether government or Tier 1 businesses) have experienced as a result of the implementation of the Social Procurement Framework (SPF).

The SPF aims to achieve fair and inclusive employment, supplier diversity and environmental sustainability.

Social Procurement Framework Success Story - Green Collect

This video highlights the opportunities that have been realised under the SPF for Green Collect: a social enterprise with a vision to work for a world without waste. The video explores:

  • how opportunities under the SPF have supported Green Collect and fit with its philosophy
  • the positive outcomes from the project for the government buyer.

Social Procurement Framework Success Story – Green Collect

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Social Procurement Framework Success Story - Social Foundry

This video highlights the opportunities that have been realised under the SPF for Social Foundry: a social enterprise that was born out of a heart to deliver impact into the lives of young people. The video explores:

  • how opportunities under the SPF have supported Social Foundry and fit with its philosophy
  • the positive outcomes from the project for the government buyer.

Social Procurement Framework Success Story - Social Foundry

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More information

For more information email SEInclusion@ecodev.vic.gov.au or call 03 9651 7677.

Page last updated: 20 August 2020