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Social Procurement resources

Social Procurement Australasia has been created to provide a home for resources and tools for social procurement. Below are also some important reports and information on social procurement.

Great Lakes Resource Recovery

Great Lakes Resource Recovery (GLRR) is a waste reduction and recycling social enterprise based on the mid-north coast of NSW. It was established in 1991 as an enterprise of Great Lakes Community Resources (GLCR), which is a not-for-profit community development association established in 1987.

Through contracts with Great Lakes Council, today it operates the Waste Management Centre and the Dog & Cat Pound at Tuncurry and, more recently, the landfill at Stroud and the Waste Transfer Stations at Tea Gardens and Bulahdelah. The site at Tuncurry also incorporates a Green Shop, Green Bikes Program, Green Community Garden, Bush Regeneration program and the Wallis Lakes Men’s Shed.

Workpower Property Services

Workpower is a Western Australia based Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) – in effect, a multi-faceted social enterprise that focuses on creating opportunities that enable people living with a disability to achieve outcomes such as meaningful work and more independent lives. To achieve this objective, Workpower owns and operates a number of commercial businesses that employ an integrated workforce.

Great Lakes Council (Social Procurement Winner, 2013 Social Enterprise Awards)

Great Lakes Council has been buying waste management services from Renewable Recyclers, local social enterprise and the largest indigenous employer in the region, for 21 years. Great Lakes Council won the award for Social Procurement Social Enterprises Supporter of the Year in 2013. Read more


In 2009, in recognition of the potential for government procurement to improve the employment prospects of people with a disability, the WA Government Supply Policy was amended to include an exemption from minimum requirements to allow agencies to contract directly with an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), without following a competitive quote or open tender processes. Read more

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Gold Coast Council

The City of Gold Coast has embraced social procurement as a strategy for contributing to reducing unemployment and increasing economic activity. As well as meeting its customers’ requirements for goods and services at the best value, the Council’s social procurement strategy is devoted to using its considerable procurement spend to directly achieve social outcomes for the Gold Coast community. Read more

Research on social procurement in Australia

The Centre for Social Impact together with Social Traders, Foresters Community Finance, the Victorian Government, Parramatta City Council and Brisbane City Council have released a national  Social Procurement report based on a national research project into social procurement across government, corporate and the Not for Profit sectors.

Social procurement and its implications for social enterprise: a literature review produced by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. A working paper by Jo Barraket and Janelle Weissman that reviews the available academic and policy literature to identify the possibilities and limitations of social procurement, and the factors that enable its implementation.

In partnership with Social Traders, Ingrid Burkett & Joanne McNeil have produced a case study on a new approach to Measuring the Impact of Social Procurement: Framing the value question in commissioning and social procurement to improve the understanding of social value in the context of procurement.

Resources for undertaking social procurement

The Social Value Guide (UK) is designed to help public services procurement staff in the UK understand and implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act. The Act, which was granted Royal Assent in March 2012 and will be implemented from January 2013, will for the first time require public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well­ being of the area.

Social Procurement in NSW is a detailed step-­by-­step guide designed to cover all aspects of Social Procurement for the Public Sector in NSW. It Included 17 Case Studies and legal advice from Salvos Legal. The Guidelines were developed by Chris Newman and Ingrid Burkett on behalf of the NSW Social Procurement Action Group.

The Social Procurement Toolkit for Local Government in Victoria has now been launched and is publicly availbale at no cost providing detailed guidance on how to socially procure. The value of social procurement

A Case for Social Procurement is research report on the Kensington Cleaning social enterprise – a partnership between AMES and Urban Communities to establish a cleaning enterprise on the Kensington Redevelopment, a public­-private housing development.

Corporate Social procurement in Australia Report 2013: Social Traders and The Faculty have worked in partnership over the last two years to raise awareness and promote the value of social procurement to leading Australian businesses. Together we created the Corporate Board for Social Procurement to provide a forum to share experiences of social procurement in practice in order to increase understanding of its benefits.

More for Your Money: A guide to procuring from Social Enterprised: Produced by the Social Enterprise Coalition and the New Economics Foundation.

Social procurement and its implications for social enterprise: A literature review Produced by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. A working paper by Jo Barraket and Janelle Weissman that reviews the available academic and policy literature to identify the possibilities and limitations of social procurement, and the factors that enable its implementation.

Using Public Procurement to Achieve Social Outcomes: By Christopher McCrudden. This article provides a historical overview as well as a current snapshot of government contracting as a tool to produce desired social policy outcomes.

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