Government spending makes up a large proportion of Victoria’s economy, so it makes sense to use this power to distribute opportunity more fairly, and make further inroads towards a more inclusive and sustainable future.
Through the Social Procurement Framework, the Victorian Government is delivering on our commitment to a fairer society, while still delivering excellent value for Victorians.
Financial year 2019-20 is the first full year of reporting against the Framework’s 10 social and sustainable objectives. More than 275 entities were eligible to contribute to the report.
This report shows how the Framework has changed the conversation in Victorian government departments and agencies while bringing the dignity and empowerment of paid employment to a greater variety of people.
With a total spend of nearly $135 million and engagement of 459 social benefit suppliers, we are helping overcome the barriers some people face to finding work – disability, disadvantage or other social factors.
And with every procurement activity also requiring a consideration of sustainable outcomes under the Framework, we are yielding innovative solutions in waste reduction and recycling.
As Victoria turns its focus towards economic recovery, the Government is using every tool at its disposal to ensure all Victorians can share in the prosperity of the future.
We’ll deliver extra resources to make social procurement easier for government buyers. Suppliers and industry will also benefit from extra support to strengthen their capability to participate in social procurement opportunities.
And we’ll roll out a dedicated reporting tool to measure social procurement achievements across the State. This benchmarking will help us set targets to continue to deliver benefits.
The facts, figures and case studies presented in this report provide just a snapshot of the work undertaken and the achievements made across Victoria.
Through initiatives like the Social Procurement Framework, we are unlocking the vast potential of our state for the decades to come.
Reviewed 09 December 2020