Social Procurement Toolkit Introduction
The social procurement toolkit provides councils with information, guidance notes and templates as part of a practical step-by-step guide for incorporating social procurement into every stage of the procurement process.
Step 1: Establishing a Social Procurement Environment
To successfully undertake social procurement, councils need to be prepared and create linkages across the organisation - through their internal polices and procedures - with a strong focus on the benefits of social procurement and how to overcome any barriers or legal misinterpretations.
Step 2: Becoming Social Procurement Ready
To become social procurement ready, councils need to review their documentation and align documentation with social objectives of the organisation. This section of the toolkit links to templates and guidance to support councils through this process.
Step 3: Social Procurement Planning
Good procurement practice involves elements of strategic planning, social procurement is no different. This section of the toolkit outlines how best to plan for social procurement in the procurement planning process.
Step 4: Procurement Process
All procurement processes of a council should be open and transparent. To assist councils in writing their procurement documentation, this section of the toolkit gives examples on how social procurement can be incorporated into contract specifications, key performance indicators, selection criteria and contractual clauses.
Step 5: Project Implementation
Successful project implementation strategies assist with the success of a social procurement initiative. This section of the toolkit presents councils with information on how best to report and monitor on contracts that include social objectives.
Social Procurement: Expert Support Program
On the 22 October 2010 Local Government Victoria (LGV) released the Social Procurement: A Guide for Victorian Local Government (the guide). Upon release of the guide, LGV has worked closely with the Department of Planning and Community Development’s Community Development Group, Department of Human Services and Social Traders to fund and manage the Social Procurement: Expert Support Program initiative.
Social Procurement and Outcomes of the Program
Social Procurement and Outcomes of the ‘Social Procurement: Expert Support Program’ The Social Procurement: Expert Support Program was initially designed as a pilot project to provide eight Victorian councils with practical assistance in developing their social procurement capacity. However, enthusiasm for the project resulted in the development of a toolkit and other materials - designed to provide practical information and templates for use by all Victorian councils.
Social Procurement: A Guide for Victorian Local Government (PDF 1.1 MB) or (Word 1.6 MB) was released by Local Government in October 2010 to support Victorian councils in their desire to deliver stronger social outcomes through their procurement processes.