The Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework embeds social, economic and environmental outcomes into everything we do.
It embodies our commitment to the principle that value isn’t just about the bottom line. We believe in supporting every member of our community and ensuring a sustainable future for all Victorians.
As a government, we believe in the strong economic benefits of employment and the profound impact a job can have on someone's life. Social procurement helps to deliver this and our Social Procurement Framework ensures it is standard practice for the Victorian Government.
By pursuing social objectives in our procurement, we're working to create jobs for the people in our community who need them the most. Regardless of individual circumstances, we want all Victorians to be able to fully participate in everything this State has to offer.
These jobs are being generated on big infrastructure projects, like the 119 major road and rail projects that are part of Victoria’s $70 billion transport construction boom. They’re also created through the routine purchasing that happens every day across Government, from event catering, to building maintenance, to purchasing office supplies.
We are proud to be presenting some facts, figures and case studies in this document, the first annual report of Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework. It is intended as a snapshot of the work being undertaken and focuses on the achievements and stories of the people and social enterprises who have benefited from this work.
The departments and agencies captured in this report include the Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Department of Transport, Department of Education and Training, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Victoria Police.
These results are just the beginning. With significant, continued investment across our hospitals, schools and transport infrastructure, there will be many more opportunities for social and sustainable procurement in Victoria. The last section of this report, ‘How suppliers work with the Social Procurement Framework’, outlines how suppliers can get involved.
It has been pleasing to see the number of new member organisations that have come on board thanks to the work of Kinaway, Supply Nation and Social Traders, which verify Victorian Aboriginal Businesses and social enterprise suppliers.
We commend the people, organisations and social benefit suppliers who have contributed to this Framework. The powerful stories of change and the demonstrable outcomes presented in this inaugural annual report are a credit to their hard work. We look forward to continuing to work with buyers and suppliers to ensure that government procurement activity continues to deliver greater benefits for the people of Victoria.
Reviewed 19 December 2019