Secure Local Jobs


The ACT Government has changed the way it awards contracts to support businesses that do the right thing by their workers. Secure Local Jobs strengthens the ACT Government’s procurement practices so its contracts are only awarded to businesses that meet high ethical and labour standards.

Businesses tendering for construction, cleaning, security or traffic management work from 15 January 2019 will need to have a Secure Local Jobs Certificate and meet workplace standards in:

Businesses will also need to complete a Labour Relations, Training, and Workplace Equity Plan if the value of work is worth more than $25,000.

The new requirements create a fairer procurement process for ethical employers and holds to account businesses not meeting their industrial and legal obligations.

What it means for business

From 15 January 2019, your business will need a Secure Local Jobs 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 Secure Local Jobs Certificate before you quote and for the duration of the project. A Certificate confirms your business meets the workplace standards in the Secure Local Jobs Code and applicable legislation. Any subcontractors you plan to use on the project will also need to have a Certificate.

Applying for a Secure Local Jobs Certificate

You can apply for a Secure Local Jobs Certificate once the Secure Local Jobs Code is available. This web page will be updated with resources to help you apply. The draft Code is available at procurement.act.gov.au/about/SecureLocalJobsConsultation

You will need to engage a Secure Local Jobs Auditor to assess whether your business meets the requirements and can apply for a Certificate. Your auditor will guide you through the assessment process including what information you need to provide. A list of auditors will be available on this web page soon.

Existing ACT Government contracts and panels

If your business has an existing contract with the ACT Government, it will not need a Secure Local Jobs Certificate unless you tender for new work in construction, cleaning, security or traffic management from 15 January 2019.

Businesses on established panels in construction, cleaning, security or traffic management will need a Secure Local Jobs Certificate from 15 January 2020.

Industrial Relations and Employment (IRE) Certificate holders

The Industrial Relations and Employment (IRE) scheme will eventually be replaced by Secure Local Jobs. If your business has an IRE Certificate for an existing ACT Government contract, you won’t have to get a Secure Local Jobs Certificate unless you tender for new ACT Government work from 15 January 2019.

If your business gets a Secure Local Jobs Certificate you will be deemed to also hold an IRE Certificate to meet the requirements of your current contracts. Your business won’t have to renew its IRE Certificate because you will be covered by the Secure Local Jobs Code.

Secure Local Jobs Auditors

The ACT Government will use independent approved auditors to assess whether businesses meet Secure Local Jobs requirements and can apply for a Certificate. You can apply to become a Secure Local Jobs Auditor once the Secure Local Jobs Code is available. This web page will be updated with resources to help you apply.

Consultation

A draft Secure Local Jobs Code was released for public comment and is available at procurement.act.gov.au/about/SecureLocalJobsConsultation

Support

You can contact Procurement ACT for general enquiries about Secure Local Jobs. If you have questions about a specific tender, contact the ACT Government representative listed in the tender documents.

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