Melbourne MicroCert

Strategic Social Procurement

Learn to implement social procurement initiatives that maximise economic, environmental and social impacts of purchasing.

Study mode
Mixed mode
6 weeks
Skills area
Social Procurement

Upcoming sessions

Monday 30 August 2021


There is national and international focus on social and sustainable procurement.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores social procurement models that help stimulate local economic development and growth and best achieve benefits beyond value for money.

Taught by experts in social procurement, the course builds on Foundations of Social Procurement by applying the concepts, theories and policies examined, in the context of several priority social procurement areas.

Like the foundation course, this MicroCert takes a multidisciplinary approach and draws on a wealth of real-life case studies, as well as key Victorian, Australian and International regulatory social procurement frameworks. You will learn best practice social and sustainable procurement and have the opportunity to apply learning to your own roles and workplace settings throughout the course.

Who is it for?

Strategic Social Procurement is for professionals involved in procurement and supply chain management, in either government or non-government (private, not-for-profit, social enterprise) settings, and want to upskill in the area of social procurement.

Key topics

Taught over five modules, you will cover a range of key areas related to social and sustainable procurement that:

  • Stimulate local economic development and growth
  • Address social disadvantage through purchasing from social enterprise and employment of disadvantaged workers by suppliers
  • Drive demand for Indigenous procurement
  • Utilise fair and ethical trade
  • Use social procurement to address climate change.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of Strategic Social Procurement, you will be able to:

  • Recognise and critique different approaches to social procurement in the Australian context
  • Identify the key participants in the Australian social procurement sphere, and discuss how they intersect
  • Apply social procurement approaches in an organisational context in order to improve outcomes from a community, environmental and socio-economic perspective.

Learning experience

Taught by leading experts from the University and the procurement industry, this Melbourne MicroCert will be delivered as a series of expert forums both on campus and online. This will provide an opportunity to come together with professionals from different sectors and engage in peer learning and networking too.

Who will you learn from?

Dr Warren Staples is Lecturer in Social Procurement in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. Warren’s research focuses on the application of ‘social procurement’ and ‘value for money’ criteria on construction and infrastructure projects by public sector managers, specifically the judgments they make to create value from public money.

Professor John Howe is Director of the Melbourne School of Government and Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include labour market policy and regulation, regulatory design, and corporate social responsibility. He has written extensively on the role of the state in regulating employment and labour markets, and on the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. John’s research has included studies of government and corporate procurement as a mechanism for addressing labour market disadvantage, compliance with labour standards and human rights, and sustainability.


This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered over six weeks, with five weeks teaching and one week for assessment. Approximately ten hours will be guided learning, 10.5 hours private study, peer learning, reflective activity and professional reading, and 22 hours for assessment tasks.

Assessment includes:

  • Online debate and discussion – reflective synopsis (35%)
  • Social procurement project pitch (65%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Strategic Social Procurement Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities.

Links to industry

Strategic Social Procurement has been developed in consultation with a range of government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations working in the field of procurement to ensure the course provides learning outcomes that meet real world needs.

Pathways to further study

Strategic Social Procurement is part of the Social Procurement suite. You can take this as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, though to get the most out of it, we recommend completing the Foundations of Social Procurement first.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert has no expiry date.

Eligibility requirements

To take this course you should be currently in the field of procurement, supply chain management, or work for a private, not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise that engages in procurement processes.

An undergraduate degree or three years of work experience in the area of procurement or supply chain management is desirable.

Upcoming sessions

Monday 30 August 2021

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