Council to consider ‘social benefit’ in revised policy

13 December 2016

Businesses competing for AlburyCity contracts will need to demonstrate ‘social benefit’ to the local community under a revised procurement policy being considered by council.

The draft revised Procurement Policy is now on public exhibition and council is inviting feedback before adoption in late February 2017.

The draft policy will align with the City of Wodonga’s Procurement Policy which incorporates ‘social benefit’ as part of its commitment to supporting community and business growth.

Mayor Kevin Mack says council already procures over 70% of its goods and services from the Albury-Wodonga region, which equates to around $50M per annum.

“We are very strong supporters of ‘buy local’ and this won’t change, but what we’re now proposing is that suppliers whether locally based or not detail the ‘local’ element in their submissions, such as the sourcing of labour and materials as well as ‘social benefit’,” Cr Mack said.

“We want to know how these suppliers are supporting the community. It could be through sponsorship or donations to a not-for-profit organisation or creating employment opportunities for people with a disability or disadvantaged groups in our community.”

The draft revised Procurement Policy along with the draft revised Contract Management Policy and Statement of Business Ethics can be viewed here.