An Introduction to Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework: Building a fair, inclusive and sustainable Victoria through procurement

Victoria State Government, Australia

Year: 2018

Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework puts social and sustainable outcomes at the centre of the Government’s procurement activity.

By leveraging its significant buying power, the Framework enables Government to increase the value of all of its procured goods, services and construction. This means ensuring that value-for-money is not solely focused on the cheapest price, but also maximises social, economic and environmental benefits for all Victorians, and opportunities for Victorian jobs.

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. In the Victorian Government context, social value means the benefits that accrue to all Victorians when the social and sustainable outcomes in this Framework are achieved.

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The Framework is scalable based on procurement activity. It is designed to establish a consistent and streamlined approach that embeds social procurement into Government’s everyday buying activity.

Aligning with other important Government work, the Framework also supports Aboriginal businesses, social enterprises, people with a disability, women’s equality and safety, the long-term unemployed and environmental sustainability.

The Framework applies to all Government departments and agencies that procure goods, services and construction. Phased implementation of the Framework begins mid-2018, supported by detailed guidance for buyers and suppliers.

Table of Contents

The power of social procurement
Driving social and sustainable outcomes
Implementing social procurement
Leading social procurement practice
Case study: Social procurement in practice
Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)
Major projects creating meaningful employment