Mandated laws for Victorian workers

The Victorian Jobs First Bill will be introduced into parliament in 2018 to mandate the use of local content and local apprentices in the state for major public projects under a new regime monitored by a new Commissioner.

The Victorian Local Jobs First Commissioner – or Jobs Cop – will be created to monitor and enforce the laws and oversee compliance of local workforce and content targets.

A new regime will be developed to target non-compliance.

The Jobs Cop will work closely with industry and departments to open up opportunities for small and medium firms on government projects.

There will also be a new requirement on all government agencies to buy local uniforms and locally-manufactured personal protective equipment, such as high-vis vests, hard hats and safety goggles, instead of importing gear from overseas.

The Victorian Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee requires contractors on public projects valued at more than $20 million to use apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of total labour hours.

To drive local jobs across the supply chain – local content targets have been set on major government works including 100 per cent local steel on level crossings and 50 per cent local content on rolling stock. 

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