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There is national and international focus on social and sustainable procurement. It can help stimulate local economic development and deliver benefits far beyond good financial value.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for professionals who work in procurement or engage with procurement processes and want a deeper understanding of how to apply these social procurement practices in a range of priority areas.

This course builds on the knowledge gained in Foundations of Social and Sustainable Procurement.

Explore procurement policies and frameworks

Study real-life social procurement case studies and gain a deeper knowledge of key Victorian, Australian and international regulatory frameworks. Building on the foundational course, you'll begin to put into practice the procurement concepts, theories and policies you examined.

Support local businesses and employment

Discover procurement practices that aim to support local economic growth and development, and best achieve benefits beyond value for money. Consider how these can apply within your own procurement context.

Improve community, environmental and socio-economic outcomes

Explore how to address social disadvantage by purchasing from social enterprises and suppliers that support disadvantaged workers. Learn how to ensure goods and services within your supply chain adhere to ethical practices in relation to workers, environment and society.

Drive demand for Indigenous businesses

Discover how procurement can drive demand for Indigenous goods and services and stimulate Indigenous business development as well as the overall economy.

Apply social procurement best practices

Drawing on your new knowledge, apply social and sustainable procurement practices within your own role and organisational context. Develop a pitch that demonstrates how social procurement can drive positive community, environmental and socio-economic impacts.

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

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

$1990.00AUD (inc GST)

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

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Registration closes Apr 16, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Strategic 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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17 April – 28 May 2023

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