How can public and private sector organisations use their purchasing power to create positive social impact?

Just as individual Australians can make a difference, we’re expecting that same level of social thoughtfulness from governments and other organisations serving our communities.

‘Social procurement’ is how governments and businesses can use their everyday spending to generate a positive impact. This can mean buying goods and services from social enterprises, Aboriginal businesses, Australian disability enterprises and suppliers that assist people who find it hard to get a job.

Our social procurement work is focused on how public and private sector organisations can do just that.

Victorian Parliamentary Library Fellowship

Social policy researcher Maria Mupanemunda was appointed the 2019 Victorian Parliamentary Library Fellow. The fellowship provides an opportunity to contribute to the development of public policy through research. It also gives Victorian MPs access to the latest research and ideas on current issues. Papers are also available to the public.

Maria’s research demonstrates that linking employment policy objectives to public procurement has considerable potential, provided certain conditions are met.

Maria Mupanemunda 2020, The promise of social procurement: leveraging purchasing power to create inclusive employment opportunities , Library Fellowship Paper, Parliamentary Library & Information Service, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne.

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By Maria Mupanemunda 2020

How can local governments create employment opportunities for people with disability?

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By Maria Mupanemunda 2020

This resource provides two tools to help organisations plan their purchasing and procurement to achieve social benefits.

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By Maria Mupanemunda 2019

How can public and private sector organisations use their purchasing power to create positive social impact?

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