Victorian Government departments and agencies will use their buying power to deliver social and sustainable outcomes for all Victorians, through the new Victorian Social Procurement Framework.
The whole-of-Government approach to social procurement is an Australian first and will apply to purchases of all goods, services and construction by departments and agencies.
Jarrod Brifa, CEO of Kinfolk Enterprise, with volunteer Cancio at the launch.
The framework will mean businesses who use social and disability enterprises or Aboriginal businesses in their tenders for government contracts will have a competitive edge over those who don’t.
This will create jobs for those facing barriers to employment including Aboriginal people, long-term jobseekers, at-risk women, victims and survivors of family violence, people with a disability and young Victorians.
This initiative builds on Victoria’s national leadership in the social enterprise sector, where more than 3,500 social enterprises operate and contribute more than $5 billion to the Victorian economy.
In April, Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll and Minister for Finance Robin Scott launched the Victorian Social Procurement Framework at social enterprise hub Donkey Wheel House.