Resources and Support

GROW Gippsland inspires local businesses to take action in the way they do business with the view that many small actions lead to big changes. Discover our various resources to assist you below.

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Connect with local businesses and suppliers

  • Gippsland Business Connect (GBC) is a digital community and noticeboard that allows business to business connections to occur. List your business, network with others, share announcements and events, learn from articles written by the experts in their fields and find local suppliers. Sign-up to Gippsland Business Connect to publish your projects and connect with local suppliers.
  • Industry Capability Network (ICN) is an online business network that introduces companies to projects large and small. Tender opportunities are listed and businesses are supported to access these tenders through the ICN Gateway. The ICN also administers the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) on behalf of the Victorian Government. Sign-up to the Industry Capability Network to search tender opportunities or to identify yourself as a supplier. 
  • In-order to assist businesses to improve their local spend and engage with a larger pool of suppliers, VendorPanel MarketPlace and ArcBlue have created the Regional Procurement Platform. An online platform that allows for every part of the purchasing process to be executed in one place.  Suppliers can register for free any time and be visible to buyers in the region.
    Buyer Compact Members can sign up to use the pilot for free until May 2020 by contacting Chris Roe


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The Social Procurement Framework

The Victorian Government has established the Social Procurement Framework, which enables buyers and suppliers to use the Government's buying power to deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Further information on the Social Procurement Framework. 

Social procurement occurs when organisations use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods, services, or construction being procured.

Social procurement can be grouped into two approaches:

Direct – Purchasing of goods, services or construction works (by government or through the supply chain) from: Victorian Social Enterprises; Victorian Aboriginal businesses; or other Social Benefit Suppliers, including Australian Disability Enterprises.

Indirect – Using the tendering process and clauses in contracts with the private sector to seek social and sustainable outcomes for Victorians.

Social Benefit Providers 

Victorian Government departments and agencies who must abide by the Victorian Social Procurement Framework (SPF) can use the services of Social Benefit Providers to meet some of their obligations.

These organisations are also of interest to organisations who seek to align with social procurement through mechanisms such as GROW Gippsland.

Suppliers may also be interested in registering or identifying as a Social Benefit Provider if they are eligible for this status.


Download the document below for a list of the types of social benefit providers and where to find them.

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GROW Gippsland Regional Toolkit and Guidance

A series of plain-English, user-friendly resources have been created by GROW Gippsland in consultation with local organisations to help buyers and suppliers to achieve social and local outcomes through procurement.

The templates have deliberately been prepared in Word format so users can easily adapt and incorporate them into their existing templates and guidance.

Further templates and guidance are being created and will be available soon (including: a social procurement 'one pager' overview for suppliers, social procurement plan template, reporting template, and guidance on the interrelationship between the Victorian Government's Social Procurement Framework and GROW Gippsland).


For the most up to date information and resources, sign up!