Social procurement – Terms and definitions

Understand key terms in the Social Procurement Framework.

The following terms used in the Social Procurement Framework – and in the accompanying suite of guidance materials – have been defined to establish a shared social procurement language and are consistent with related Government legislation and policy, where applicable. 

Climate Change Policy Objectives means the policy objectives set out in section 22 of the Climate Change Act 2017 (Vic). 

Construction includes ‘Works’ and ‘Construction Services’ as defined in the Ministerial Directions for Public Construction Procurement in Victoria. 

Disadvantaged Victorians means Victorian people or groups that are in unfavourable circumstances or considered to be vulnerable, especially in relation to financial, employment or social opportunities. This may include, but is not limited to, youth, long-term unemployed, people with disability, refugees, migrants and persons needing to develop skills to become work ready. 

Long-term unemployed means a person who has been unemployed for 12 months or more excluding people undertaking studies. 

Victorians with disability means Victorian people who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. 

Standing Directions means Standing Directions 2018 under the Financial Management Act 1994 (Vic)

Women in non-traditional trades or professions means women working in technical or operational fields such as mining, construction, or utilities, with trade or higher education qualifications in the areas of building and construction, architecture, engineering, surveying, business, economics, and law. 

Workers in transition means jobseekers who are recently retrenched or facing pending retrenchment due to business closure or industry transition, who require further training or on-the-job support to transition to new employment. 

Disengaged youth means people aged 15 to 24 years not studying and seeking full-time work. 

Tools and support 

This content on this page is taken from Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework. Access a PDF version in the social procurement document library

For more information about social procurement, please contact the Social Procurement team