Secure Local Jobs Package
On 25 October 2018, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018 into the Legislative Assembly. It can be accessed at https://www.procurement.act.gov.au/securelocaljobs .
This legislation allows for the making of the Secure Local Jobs Code, a key component of the ACT Government’s Secure Local Jobs Package. The Secure Local Jobs Package establishes an integrated suite of measures directed at ensuring the ACT Government only awards contracts to businesses that meet the highest ethical and labour standards.
The package aims to drive higher standards and ensure that there is a level playing field for businesses that abide by their industrial relations and employment obligations and ensure that competitors do not benefit from avoiding their legal obligations.
What has changed and what does this mean for suppliers to the ACT Government?
What it means for business
From 15 January 2019, your business will need a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate to quote on construction, cleaning, security or traffic management work for the ACT Government. If the value of work is more than $25,000, you will also need to complete a Labour Relations, Training and Workplace Equity Plan .
You will need a Code Certificate before you quote and for the duration of the project. A Code Certificate confirms your business meets the standards in the Secure Local Jobs Code.
If you don’t have a Code Certificate, we cannot accept your tender or quote for any new work in construction, cleaning, security or traffic management from 15 January 2019 – no matter the value.
Any subcontractors you plan to use for construction, cleaning, security or traffic management services will also need a Code Certificate. You will need to provide details of your subcontractors to us and ensure they comply with the Code throughout the project. Your subcontractors won’t need to complete Labour Relations, Training and Workplace Equity Plan.
Existing ACT Government contracts and panels
If you have an existing contract with us, you won’t need a Code Certificate unless you tender for new work in construction, cleaning, security or traffic management from 15 January 2019.
If you’re on an established panel in construction, cleaning, security or traffic management you will need a Code Certificate from 15 January 2020.
Industrial Relations and Employment (IRE) Certificate holders
The Industrial Relations and Employment (IRE) scheme has been replaced by Secure Local Jobs.
Services the Code covers
The Code applies to construction, cleaning, security or traffic management services as described below:
- Construction work is defined in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, section 289. Safe Work Australia’s Construction Work Code of Practice Section 1 and Appendix B includes more information on the definition of construction work.
- Cleaning work is as defined in the ANZSIC Class 7311.
- Traffic management means services which redirect vehicles around a temporary disruption to a public road for the purpose of ensuring safety to workers or the public.
- Security work means services by a person who carries on a security activity within the meaning of the Security Industry 15 Act 2003, section 7.
Updating your systems and policies
To apply for a Code Certificate you need to update your policies and systems to reflect your obligations under the Code (see Part 3 of the Code).
A business policy describes your approach or principles on a particular topic and helps guide your business plans, operations, and decisions. For example, a Workplace Induction Policy. A business system outlines the procedure or specific steps your business takes to demonstrate those policies. For example, a Workplace Induction Checklist.
A fee estimate/quotation based on time and cost will be quoted upon inquiry. The following is a guide to the fee structure.
- Entity with no employees or Associated Entities: Fee is from $280 excl GST plus any out of pocket cost to cover a search of the ASIC data base (ASIC name search). You will note there is now a requirement to verify Taxation and Superannuation payment records (and Associated entities where applicable) for the past 24 months and an ASIC name search
- Entity with employees and no associated entities: Fee is From $380 excl GST plus any out of pocket cost to cover a search of the ASIC data base (ASIC name search).
- Entity with employees and Associated Entities: Fee is From $380 excl GST plus a fee for associated entities where verification of Taxation, Superannuation and other records is required (a Fee estimate will be provided if applicable) also any out of pocket cost to cover a search of the ASIC data base (ASIC name search will also be recovered.
John Little can be contacted