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Social enterprises to score larger slice of government procurement

25 November 2021 1:38 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

Supplying to government is about to get easier for Queensland’s growing social enterprise sector with $1 million from the $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund (SEJF) funding, for activation initiatives and procurement announced Thursday 18 November 2021.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said supporting the growth of social enterprises and creating jobs was an important part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

As part of the program, Social Traders will build the capability of government buyers for social procurement and by extending access to their procurement portal.

The Social Traders Portal will be available to all Queensland Government agencies to ensure government buyers have access to a database of genuine, quality social enterprises.

“Each year, the government invests more than $14 billion in goods and services and a further $5 billion to build and maintain infrastructure,” Minister Farmer said.

“We want to ensure our social enterprises score a larger slice of this investment. 

The State Government has also committed an additional $385,000 to the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC).

The investment will help QSEC address the gap in profile and knowledge between social enterprises the private sector and to build regional development activities.

A further $100,000 has been committed to sponsoring the 2022 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), to be held in Brisbane under licence with WhiteBox Enterprises.

“We acknowledge them for approaching their position in their communities with responsibility and with the interest of promoting its success” Minister Farmer concluded.

QSEC will continue to work toward addressing the significant gaps in social, environmental and cultural business advantage, leveraging from  the 2019 Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy.

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