In 2018 the Victorian Government determined that it had an opportunity to use its buying power to enter into procurement contracts that could make a real difference to all Victorians.
As a result, the Social Procurement Framework (SPF) was released, encouraging organisations to use their buying power to generate social and/or sustainable value above and beyond the value of the goods, services or construction being procured.
ICN Victoria Social
The ICN Social Procurement Program supports SPF to deliver Victorian employment and economic outcomes. The program supports Agencies and industry working on projects and procurement with the requirement for local, social and sustainable outcomes by increasing awareness and education, maximising Victorian supply chain engagement and Victorian jobs as well as providing local, social and sustainable data insights through our flagship system, VMC.
Social Procurement in Action
Brian Finnigan is an advocate for a society where employment for all Victorians is supported.
A consistent and strong presence within the social procurement community, many will know Brian from his days at Outlook Victoria. Brian built alliances across government and industry as their Director of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations.
Most recently, Brian has worked on strategy and delivery as an Employer Engagement Specialist with Jobsbank and DJPR – Working for Victoria where he was liaising with councils, major employment partners and key stakeholders to generate employment opportunities for Victorian jobseekers who have been affected by the pandemic. Brian has also previously worked for Brotherhood of St Laurence as Employer Engagement.
Mary Ann Xavier
Mary Ann Xavier is passionate about raising awareness of strategic and operational requirements of Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework.
Mary Ann has previously worked for Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) to build the social procurement capability of 83 metropolitan and regional health services by working closely with the Department of Treasury and Finance.
Mary Ann has also worked for Officeworks and was responsible for supply chain mapping of more than 14,000 product lines and establishing a continuous improvement framework for ethical compliance. In this capacity, she supported over 1,200 suppliers to improve their ethical compliance.
Lynn Johnson is a champion for authentic impact of Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework and is committed to creating effective systems that support local, social and sustainable measurement to provide these insights.
Lynn has led the build of ICN’s flagship system, VMC that supports the data collection and management of Government project reporting.
Lynn is delivering accessible platforms to collect data from the supply chain and to manage monitoring and reporting requirements for Government and industry clients.
Social Procurement Framework and Local Jobs First Reporting
The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Department of Treasury and Finance worked with the ICN to develop a joint reporting platform that will be used for both the SPF and LJF policies.
Social Procurement Framework and Local Jobs First reporting is an extended feature on VMC to report and monitor contract commitments and achievements of SPF and LJF contracts.
VMC Reporting will streamline the process and reduce administrative burden for suppliers. It will make it easier to capture social procurement commitments and outcomes, which will support Agency and Victoria government efforts to report local, social and sustainable outcomes from both policies.
From 1 July 2021, all contracts containing SPF commitments are required to be recorded on the VMC.
Social Procurement Assessment Tool
The Social and Sustainable Procurement Assessment Tool powered by ICN Gateway is designed to be a place of knowledge for businesses that have an interest in social and sustainable procurement and a stake in achieving outcomes.
ICN have constructed the process to reflect on the requirements it takes to be considered a business with social and sustainable outcomes. The self-assessment tool provides valuable insights for SMEs and also systematically supports ICN’s purpose of connecting businesses to opportunities.
Please follow the link below to use this social procurement self-assessment tool, start the registration and then follow up with the EOI process..
The Latest from Social procurement
Latest issues of prospect
current projects in victoria
Dame Phyllis Frost Centre 106 Bed & Supporting Infrastructure Expansion
The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) provides maximum and medium security specialist accommodation for remanded and sentenced women prisoners.
Melbourne Airport Rail
Melbourne Airport Rail is a transformational public transport project connecting Melbourne Airport to Victoria’s regional and metropolitan train network for the first time.