Suppliers

We regularly receive requests from companies who wish to supply to the YMCA. Please use this information as a guide before making contact with our purchasing team.

YMCA Victoria is a community based charity offering programs and services throughout Victoria, Australia. We work alongside ten other Victorian associations and work in service areas including:

  • health and fitness
  • sport and recreation
  • aquatics
  • youth services
  • children's services
  • camping and outdoor education, and
  • accommodation

We negotiate a range of purchasing agreements on both a 'sole supply' and 'preferred supplier' basis which our centres and programs can access.

New agreements are developed with honesty and integrity

All major Sole Supply agreements are advertised in the Tenders section of The Age. We make no apologies for stating that there is a cost in terms of suppliers gaining full access to the YMCA market and for the various forms of support that we do offer. We analyse all submissions and make our decisions based on stated criteria outlined in the specification, and on the basis of a 'First and Best' submission. We will always do our best to make all agreements successful and to build sales through the term of the agreement.

The YMCA is fully aware of the value of small suppliers and those who are located close to our centres. Whilst we need to seek agreements for all of our centres on the major supply agreements, we will leave many of the small supply areas up to the discretion of the local Manager.

What do we expect of our suppliers?

We offer significant levels of business and in return we expect:

  • Value for money and a significant advantage over other suppliers.
  • Support to a high level, where any issues will be resolved quickly and effectively.
  • A quarterly report of sales with a minimum of data including numbers and dollar value for each centre, and in total.
  • A percentage based rebate paid quarterly, and surplus over our costs flows directly into supporting those people who are doing it tough to become healthier, happier and more connected to their communities.
  • Significant Agreements are subject to quarterly review meetings.

What you can expect from the YMCA

You will benefit from a formal agreement that guarantees your supply for an agreed period. The agreement will be published internally so that all centres are aware of the arrangement. You can make 'special offers' or announce 'sale items' on our internal quarterly Purchasing Newsletter, and promote your product/service through YMCA trade forums.

Usage figures are not available, unless a supply agreement has been established in the past, in which case we may be able to provide estimated volumes. For a list of centres and their features, visit the Locate section of this website.

Purchasing and payment is not centralised, therefore suppliers will need to ensure systems are in place to manage this.

Please enquire about a formal agreement before you make contact with a centre directly. The centre may also contact you to establish a supply arrangement.