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The social procurement guide, Social Procurement: A Guide For Victorian Local Government’, was launched on Wednesday Oct 13 by Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Housing and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.   The guide has been developed for Victorian councils wanting to use their purchasing power to create positive social outcomes for their communities. This guide is designed to:

• assist councils that are interested in exploring social procurement but are relatively new to the concept
• provide greater guidance to councils already undertaking social procurement
• support council officers who are championing social procurement within their workplaces
• offer an opportunity for councils to effectively incorporate social procurement into their procurement roadmap process as part of the Procurement Excellence Program.

Social procurement involves using procurement processes and purchasing power to generate positive social outcomes in addition to the delivery of efficient goods, services and works. For local government, social procurement builds on initiatives already undertaken by the sector in enhancing sustainable and strategic procurement practice, enabling procurement to effectively contribute to building stronger communities and meeting the social objectives of councils.

Social procurement can assist councils to:

• address complex local challenges facing Victorian communities
• ensure their procurement practices are sustainable and strategically aligned with council objectives
• build and maintain strong communities by generating local employment (particularly among disadvantaged residents), promoting social inclusion and strengthening the local economy
• strengthen partnerships with a diverse range of community and government stakeholders
• demonstrate leadership across the wider community and local government sector
• achieve greater value for money for their communities.

This guide aims to support Victorian councils in their desire to deliver stronger social outcomes through procurement, and has been developed with the Centre for Social Impact’s assistance. It is closely aligned with ‘Social Procurement in Australia’, an overarching national paper commissioned by CSI which will be available soon.

Download a copy of the Social Procurement: A Guide for Victorian Local Government here

The 2010 IPWEAvic Annual Dinner was held on 14th October 2010 at Darebin Arts Centre.  Those that attended heard a presentation from Andrew McInness giving views on IT in procurement.  A great ending to the Procurement Excellence Conference held earlier during the day.  Here are some photos of the event



The joint FinPro and IPWEAvic Procurement Excellence Conference was held on 14th October 2010 at Darebin Arts Centre.  Attended by some 86 delegates who listened to advice from the Auditor General’s Department,  Municipal Inspectors Office, Local Government Victoria, Probity Advisors, learnt from case studies, and contemplated social procurement guidelines and sustainabiltiy in procurement. 

The event was sponsored by RSM Bird Cameron, MAV Procurement and Open Windows and supported by DPCD (Local Government Victoria). 

At bit about the sponsors:

Gold sponsor RSM Bird Cameron is a full service accounting firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to a wide range of clients from diverse industry sectors from 28 offices throughout Australia. They offer clients a no-nonsense approach to resolving business problems. You will enjoy the full attention of senior practitioners with a track record of achieving results. ‘

Silver Sponsor MAV Procurement is part of the Municipal Association of Victoria, the peak representative body for local government. Not-for-profit, MAV Procurement works with councils to achieve better procurement outcomes through reduced administration, improved legal compliance, volume discounts, enhanced supplier security, professional, sector and policy development, as well as advocacy work lobbying the State Government.

 Dinner sponsor Open Windows provides contract lifecycle management, procurement, and fleet management software to over 150 Government and commercial clients across Australia and New Zealand. They have this year been awarded the Microsoft Innovation Partner of the Year award.

Mark Daniels speaking on Social Procurement guidelines

RSM Bird Cameron - Gold sponsors of the event

Speaker panel facilitated by Dominique La Fontaine

Ron Mak from Auditor Generals Office with delegates udring morning tea break

Dan from MAV Procurement (silver sponsors of hte event) speaking iwth delegates

Open Windows - Dinner sponsor were kept busy answering delegate questions all day!



John Taylor, deputy ombudsman victoria

chris newman deom CPCD speaking with delegates during a break

View WHK Market Update for 15 October 2010 here

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WHK new address is Level 17, 181 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000. WHK main telephone contact number has also changed to 03 9258 6700.

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