A new Victoria Social Procurement Framework adopted by the Victorian State Government aims to deliver social and sustainable outcomes for all Victorians.
In an Australian first, the framework provides a whole-of-Government approach to social procurement and will apply to purchases of all goods, services and construction by departments and agencies.
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 job for those facing barriers to employment including Aboriginal people, long-term jobseekers, at-risk women, victims and survivors of family violence, people with disability and young Victorians.
The initiative builds on Victoria's national leadership in the social enterprise sector, where more than 3,500 social enterprises operate and contribute more that $5 billion to the Victorian economy.