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What you will learn

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There is national and international focus on social and sustainable procurement. It presents a huge opportunity for businesses to increase their impact.

This course is ideal for professionals who work in procurement or engage with procurement processes and want to learn to design and implement more sustainable practices that can drive social good.

Examine different social procurement practices

Review different types of social procurement, including sustainable procurement, procurement addressing labour market disadvantage, and Indigenous procurement. Critically assess the rationale of social procurement and the reasons to adopt it.

Assess key procurement policy, concepts and frameworks

Evaluate research and practical perspectives on key social procurement concepts and definitions. Consider related policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks.

Consider how major stakeholders act across sectors

Identify the key participants in the Australian social procurement sphere and discuss how they intersect. Examine how social procurement works in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

This Melbourne MicroCert is offered by the Melbourne School of Government. Sign up to the School’s monthly e-news for course, research and event updates.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Dr Warren Staples

Lecturer in Social Procurement

Warren researches public and social procurement, with a focus on value-for-money criteria for construction and infrastructure projects. He has previously worked in local government and is currently a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria Sustainability Community of Practice.

Professor John Howe

Director, Melbourne School of Government; Director, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law

John researches labour market policy and regulation, regulatory design, and corporate social responsibility. His research has covered government and corporate procurement as a mechanism for addressing labour market disadvantage, compliance with labour standards and human rights, and sustainability. He's undertaken commissioned research for both state and commonwealth governments.

Hannah Irving

Research Fellow in Social Procurement

Hannah (BA, LLB-LP (Hons), LLM) is a research fellow in social procurement across all sectors, with a focus legal, policy and regulatory design and social procurement’s function as a social justice mechanism and disaster recovery tool. Her research spans regulatory design, corporate law, human rights, sustainability and disaster management. Hannah has experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including with top-tier international and Australian law firms and international

What people are saying

Hear how Melbourne MicroCerts have helped advance careers and why these skills matter to your industry.

Social procurement is an exciting shift in the way businesses and governments spend their money. Anyone wanting to take procurement to the next step will benefit from a deep understanding of what is driving this trend and how to unleash its potential.

Lisa Boothby, Executive Director, Market Development – Social Traders

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Social and Sustainable Procurement series

The Social and Sustainable Procurement series examines how procurement can best achieve benefits beyond value for money, taking a multidisciplinary approach. Developed in consultation with government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations leading the way in social procurement practices, it aims to upskill professionals in social procurement providing learning outcomes that match the real-world needs of the sector.

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For individuals

To take Foundations of Social and Sustainable Procurement as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Foundations of Social and Sustainable Procurement, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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