Chisholm Institute is an active participant in the local economy. Chisholm is non-discriminatory and encourages participation and competition from various suppliers including small and medium enterprises, social benefit suppliers and locally based businesses. Our Procurement Policy and Framework align with the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) supply policies and directives established under the Financial Management Act 1994 (VIC). 

Chisholm’s approach to procurement is underpinned by four key principles 

Our four steps to procurement: Value for money; Accountability; Probity; and Scalability and risk

Value for money  

When making procurement decisions Chisholm will use its judgment of a  range of financial and non-financial factors, such as quality, cost, fit for purpose, the total cost of ownership, and risk. Chisholm is committed to generating social, economic, and environmental outcomes that benefit the Victorian community and align with our Social Procurement Strategy. 


Decisions made by authorised staff are formed following the Chisholm Procurement Framework. All Chisholm employees and contractors involved in procurement exercise appropriate levels of delegation. 


Ensuring standards of behaviour and actions in the conduct of procurement processes including equity, confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and consumer/supplier confidence in the integrity of government procurement processes. 

Scalability and risk  

When appropriate, Chisholm will increase value and outcomes for students and industry by seeking to enter aggregated purchasing arrangements. The risk of the activity should be assessed to ensure the appropriate resourcing is in place in relation to the complexity and risk associated with the purchase of goods and services. To reduce the risk Chisholm will consider State government contracts to achieve its procurement outcomes. This includes the use of state purchasing contracts, registers, and panels.