The Victorian Government has established Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework. The Framework applies to all goods, services and construction procurement by the Victorian Government. Many of the Framework’s objectives relate to fair and inclusive employment.
Fair and inclusive employment
Fair and inclusive employment is when suppliers:
- provide jobs for priority jobseekers
- follow workplace laws
- provide a safe workplace
- recruitment processes
- pre-employment support and training
- on the job support
Paid work builds confidence and self-esteem. It also:
- improves stability
- helps independent living
- provides a sense of belonging
Suppliers who offer fair and inclusive job opportunities create diverse workplaces. Diverse workforces bring valuable experience and viewpoints to a business.
The role of the private sector
The private sector plays an important role. It provides most of Victoria’s jobs, including for disadvantaged Victorians. The private sector is key to efforts to advance fair and inclusive employment.
The Social Procurement Framework looks to suppliers to advance fair and inclusive employment by:
- providing training and employment opportunities for priority Victorian jobseekers
- advancing gender equality
- supporting regional economies and communities which experience entrenched disadvantage
Gender equality includes:
- more opportunities for women in non-traditional or leadership roles
- more support for at-risk women
Under the Social Procurement Framework, priority jobseekers include:
- Aboriginal Victorians
- Victorians with disability
- long-term unemployed people
- disengaged youth
- single parents
- refugees and asylum seekers
- workers in transition
- people in regions with entrenched disadvantage
Bidding for government work
In their bids, suppliers must show an ability to perform the works or services under tender. Their offer must meet the evaluation criteria.
Bid responses must address the evaluation criteria. The criteria might include an extra weighted percentage for social and sustainable outcomes. An example of this would be fair and inclusive employment.
If the evaluation criteria have a focus on fair and inclusive employment outcomes, suppliers should provide information about:
- policies, strategies and business practices that support workplace diversity
- achievements that show a supplier’s fair and inclusive employment commitments
- results from a completed fair and inclusive employment self-assessment
- planned or established partnerships that support fair and inclusive employment
Partnerships can be with social benefit suppliers or training and job services.
Suppliers can also show how they will support partners or subcontractors that contribute to fair and inclusive employment targets. For example, helping them with reporting. This is especially important for larger projects.
Fair and inclusive employment as part of contracts
Suppliers who have successfully bid for government work must meet the conditions of their contract with an Agency. Where they need to deliver fair and inclusive employment, the contract might include:
- clauses and performance targets, such as job quotas for disadvantaged Victorians
- the need to develop and report on a fair and inclusive employment plan, and
- reporting requirements to track performance against fair and inclusive employment targets
Suppliers need to have systems and processes to collect, measure and report data.
Fair and inclusive employment ready
When preparing their fair and inclusive employment plan, suppliers should consider if they:
- understand the Social Procurement Framework and its inclusive jobs aims
- have fair and inclusive employment policies and practices in place
- have partnerships with job-readiness and job support services
- provide chances for priority Victorian jobseekers to get and keep a job
- have trained staff to support new staff in the workplace
Fair and inclusive employment support for suppliers
Support services are available to help suppliers. Services include recruitment, pre-employment support and training, and on-the-job support. Services are listed below:
It helps job seekers with mentoring, training and development to find work. It helps suppliers with the skills to access, choose and support candidates.
Aboriginal recruitment companies
Several Aboriginal recruitment companies operate in Victoria. These companies can help suppliers create job opportunities for Victorian Aboriginal people.
Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority
Vocational Training and Employment Centres
The Centres work with suppliers to find job opportunities. They also help them work out their training needs.
- people with disability
- service providers
It brings together the information and resources that can drive disability employment.
National Disability Recruitment Coordinator
The Australian Government funds the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator. It helps larger employers access the skills and talents of people with disability.
It also helps with workplace policies and practices that include people with disability.
It also connects employers to the national network of Disability Employment Services.
Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services provide job help to people with disability, injury or health conditions. It helps them find work in the open labour market.
It can help employers to employ and retain workers with disability. It also provides access to financial incentives and support.
Australian Network on Disability
Joining Australian Network on Disability can help connect organisations with like-minded colleagues. It can also support them to develop inclusive business practices.
Apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships
GROW helps suppliers plan long-term for social procurement and inclusive jobs. GROW has offices in these 5 regional areas:
Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Reviewed 13 April 2021