Sustainable procurement

Victorian Government procurement is one of the largest drivers in the Victorian economy.

In 2016–17, the Victorian Government spent $16 billion on goods and services to support service delivery and operations. This is in addition to $9.1 billion spent on public construction and infrastructure.

The Victorian Government understands the importance of strong markets for recycled materials and is committed to supporting the market by increasing demand for recycled content and products in government to ensure that we get the most value from our recovered resources.

In 2018 Sustainability Victoria committed to promoting and working with departments and agencies to consider the purchase of recycled content / products in their procurement activities and work towards increasing those amounts.

We are currently investigating state government opportunities to develop an implementation plan that:

  • categorises government procurement
  • identifies areas where high-volumes of recycled content could be used
  • removes existing barriers to ensure department and agency policies and behaviours target these materials.

We are working closely with the Department of Treasury and Finance to deliver this plan by mid- 2019.

Implementation plan key milestones

Key milestone Anticipated date Status

Victorian Government released Social Procurement Framework that applies to all purchases of goods, services and construction by departments and agencies.

Under the framework, procurement decisions need to consider the environmental and social impacts from products and services alongside the cost.

For more information, visit the Social Procurement Framework page on the Buying for Victoria website.

April 2018

Completed

Sustainability Victoria (SV) committed to assisting government buyers to achieve two of the environmentally sustainable objectives under the Social Procurement Framework including maximising the use of recycled content where appropriate.

The funding under the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan allows SV to promote and work with departments and agencies to consider the purchase of recycled content/products in their procurement activities and work towards increasing those amounts.

July 2018

Completed

SV committed to assisting government buyers to achieve two of the environmentally sustainable objectives under the Social Procurement Framework including maximising the use of recycled content where appropriate.

The funding under the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan allows SV to promote and work with departments and agencies to consider the purchase of recycled content/products in their procurement activities and work towards increasing those amounts.

September 2018

In progress

SV is investigating state government opportunities to develop a Sustainable Procurement implementation plan.

Ongoing until June 2019

In progress

Sustainable Procurement Masterclasses

SV in partnership with Whittlesea and Wyndham City Councils, held a Sustainable Procurement Masterclass in 2018 targeted at local government. The theme of the class - When recycled rubber hits the road - focused on how to increase the amount of recycled content like glass, concrete, rubber and plastics in road construction procurement.

SV’s CEO Stan Krpan opened the Masterclass, followed by the Victorian Chief Engineer, Collette Bourke. Both Stan and Collette set the statewide perspective and challenges ahead including resource scarcity. Fin Robertson from Level Crossing Removal Authority spoke about using industry rating tools to drive sustainable outcomes through the procurement process, whilst VicRoads covered the specifications and standards that have been developed to enable the use of recycled materials.

Participants also heard from Downer about their innovative use of toner cartridges, glass fines and street sweepings. Wyndham City Council spoke about its recycled material trials and findings, and the Municipal Association of Victoria issued a call to action to all councils to reinvigorate the Zero Waste Roads initiative.

Masterclass video playlist

  1. Stan Krpan – CEO, Sustainability Victoria
    Setting the scene, what is state government doing etc.
  2. Collette Burke – Victorian Chief Engineer, Office of Projects Victoria
    Challenges, rethinking recycled materials and opportunities.
  3. Fin Robertson – Senior Sustainability Specialist, Level Crossing Removal Authority
    Using procurement as a lever for sustainable outcomes.
  4. Arthur Apostolopoulos – Manager Pavement Technology, VicRoads
    VicRoads’ approach and commitment to using recycled materials in road construction.
  5. Jerry Tan – National R&D Manager, Downer
    Recycled Materials in Pavement.
  6. Geoffrey Youla – Coordinator Asset Rehabilitation, Wyndham City Council
    Trials and Tribulations.
  7. John Hennessy – Sector Development Consultant, Municipal Association of Victoria
    Re-launch of Zero Waste Roads.
  8. Panel discussion – chaired by Karl Shanley, Sustainability Victoria
    Busting myths and breaking down barriers – ask the experts.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Fiona Sergi

Sustainable Procurement Lead

03 8626 8708

fiona.sergi@sustainability.vic.gov.au