(Left to Right) INTTN CEO, Jade Miller, Hon. Minister for Industry & Jobs, Ben Carroll and
INTTN Director Kerry Wiltshire
The Andrews Labor Government is making sure everyone gets a fair go with Victorian Government departments and agencies to use their buying power to deliver social and sustainable outcomes for all Victorians.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll and Minister for Finance Robin Scott today launched the Victorian Social Procurement Framework at social enterprise hub Donkey Wheel House.
The whole-of-Government approach to social procurement is an Australian first 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 jobs for those facing barriers to employment including Aboriginal people, long-term jobseekers, at-risk women, victims and survivors of family violence, people with a disability and young Victorians.
Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network (INTTN) Chief Executive Officer Jade Miller featured in the launch proceeding. INTTN is Australia's first of its kind owned and operated Aboriginal technology & telecommunications company.
Victoria has a successful track record of leveraging its spend on major projects, including Level Crossing Removals, the Metro Tunnel, and the Westgate Tunnel to deliver social and sustainable outcomes.
This initiative builds on Victoria’s national leadership in the social enterprise sector, where more than 3,500 social enterprises operate and contribute more than $5 billion to the Victorian economy.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll
“This Australian first, whole-of-Government approach, will deliver real benefits to those Victorians struggling to find work.”
“Social procurement ensures that value for money is not solely focused on the cheapest price, but also maximises social and economic benefits for all Victorians.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Finance Robin Scott
“This framework gives social value for Victorians while delivering valuable services and infrastructure for Victoria.”
“This Framework shows the Andrews Labor Government is leading the way by ensuring its purchasing decisions can add value that benefits all Victorians.”
Quotes attributable to INTTN CEO Jade Miller
"The framework will enable social enterprise like INTTN to act as a vehicle for creating training and jobs for people in metro, regional and rural area's by providing access to major project contracts."
"INTTN has a 250 job creation target and the social procurement framework will contribute to successfully achieving it over the next 3 years."