Social outcome focus for updated Procurement Policy

Council has approved changes to its Procurement Policy,
which now includes new criteria to address factors such as gender equity,
recycled content and social outcomes.

The City spends $200 million each year procuring goods,
works and services and is
committed to supporting local suppliers, sub-contractors and apprentices on a
value-for-money basis.

Depending on the procurement type, the amended policy
allows the City to apply extra criteria to quotes and tenders, based on:

  • employment
    opportunities for residents in low socioeconomic areas
  • Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander individuals and/or businesses
  • recycled
    content and environment consideration
  • gender
    equity considerations
  • other
    social outcomes and
  • clever
    and creative innovation.

The new criteria encourages
our suppliers to look at different areas in the municipality that could
possibly receive benefits as a result of winning work for council.

example of this may be suppliers directing a percentage of profits from a job
to a local charity or not-for-profit organisation.

The policy
also formalises an exemption process for situations when three quotes can’t be

probity advisor will still be needed for purchases of more than $1 million,
however this will be based on a risk assessment for each procurement.

Acting Mayor – Councillor Peter Murrihy

The City’s Procurement Policy has been updated to further
align with our 30-year vision and the community’s expectations and aspirations.

particularly pleased that the amended policy strengthens our partnership with G21’s Region
Opportunities for
Work (GROW) initiative, which tackles disadvantage in low socio-economic areas
stemming from joblessness.

great example of this initiative in the procurement process is how tenderers to
the City’s Civic Precinct Project are being encouraged to become signatories
and create employment opportunities for target job seekers.

Councillor Pat Murnane – Chair, Finance portfolio

pleased council has approved an amended policy, as we’d all prefer to see our
local industry do well off the $200 million the City spends on procurement each

such as GROW are important drivers to tackle disadvantage and inequality in our
community, as part of works contracted by council.

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