Victorian Government Purchasing Board
Achieving Excellence in Government Procurement

Building a fair, inclusive and sustainable Victoria through procurement

The Victorian Government is committed to social procurement. It recognises the ability of government procurement to make a difference to the lives of all Victorians.

To support this commitment, the Government has established Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework (SPF).

Each year the Government spends billions of dollars on goods, services and construction to support service delivery and operations. By leveraging its significant buying power, the SPF enables buyers and suppliers to deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes that benefit the Victorian community.

Value for money is a key driver underpinning all procurement in Victoria. The SPF aims to ensure value-for-money considerations are not solely focused on price, but incorporate a balanced judgement of a range of financial and non-financial factors.

Social procurement is when organisations use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods, services or construction being procured. 

In the Victorian Government context, social value means the benefits created for all Victorians when the social and sustainable outcomes in the SPF are achieved. 

The SPF will apply to all Victorian Government entities subject to the Standing Directions of the Minister for Finance 2016, from 1 September 2018.

To successfully implement the SPF, the Department of Treasury and Finance and Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources are working together to create supporting guidance material. The guidance material will help government buyers and suppliers apply the SPF through tools, templates and supplier directories.

We will keep you informed as guidance material is made available.

What buyers need to do

Buyers are encouraged to read the SPF and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to gain an understanding of how Government procurement is shifting to incorporate social and sustainable outcomes into everyday buying activity. 

Help and support

Buyers are encouraged to contact their Chief Procurement Officer or equivalent Accountable Officer.

For further information, read the social procurement media release and  Introduction to Victoria's Social Procurement Framework, which provide a high level summary of the SPF. Alternately, contact the Social Procurement Team at SocialProcurement@dtf.vic.gov.au.

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