The promise of social procurement explored

The latest Parliamentary Library Webinar has explored how social procurement can create opportunities for disadvantaged jobseekers.

The online forum brought together a group of experts and practitioners to respond to the new research paper ‘The Promise of Social Procurement’ authored by Maria Mupanemunda, Parliamentary Library Fellow and Social Policy Researcher at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Joining Maria on the panel for the forum were:

  • Wade Noonan, Associate Director, Social Enterprise and Investment at RMIT University and Executive Director, West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance
  • Bradley Giddins, Director, Industry Capability and Inclusion, Level Crossing Removal Project
  • Melissa Raby, Social Procurement Manager, John Holland.


Maria Mupanemunda describes the current moment as an “unmissable opportunity” to help disadvantaged jobseekers recover from the impact of the pandemic. It also offers a unique opportunity for business and government to boost the ‘triple bottom line’ and use their procurement strategies to promote a positive outcome for Victoria.


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