Your business will need a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate to quote on construction, cleaning, security or traffic management work for the ACT Government. From 7 November 2019, if you're interested in providing services worth more than $200,000 to the ACT Government you will also need a Code Certificate.
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.
If the value of work is more than $25,000, you also need to complete a Labour Relations, Training and Workplace Equity Plan in consultation with your employees.
Secure Local Jobs requirements do not apply to:
- information media and telecommunications services (ANZSIC, Division J)
- financial and insurance services (ANZSIC, Division K)
- rental, hiring and real estate services (ANZSIC, Division L)
- professional, scientific and technical services (ANZSIC, Division M)
- hospitals (ANZSIC, Subdivision 84)
- medical and other health care services (ANZSIC, Subdivision 85).
Any subcontractors you plan to use will also need a Code Certificate, unless they're an excluded service. 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.
Your contact person
If you win a contract with us, you need to provide us with some contact information before you start to help facilitate lawful right of entry in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and Work Health and Safety Act 2011. You can update these details within 14 days of any changes to this information.
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, traffic management or services over $200,000. You will need a Code Certificate from 15 January 2020 if you’re on an established panel for these types of work.
Industrial Relations and Employment (IRE) Certificate holders
The Industrial Relations and Employment (IRE) scheme will eventually be replaced by Secure Local Jobs. If you have an IRE Certificate for an existing contract, you won’t have to get a Code Certificate unless you tender for new ACT Government work.
If you get a Code Certificate you will be deemed to also hold an IRE Certificate to meet the requirements of your current contracts. You won’t have to renew your IRE Certificate because you will be covered by the Secure Local Jobs Code.
Services the Code covers
The Code applies to construction, cleaning, security, traffic management and services over $200,000 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 defined in 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.
- Any services worth over $200,000 not listed as an excluded service.
A business is a person or entity trading under an ABN including sole traders, partnerships, trusts and companies.
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.
If you need support, contact the Secure Local Jobs team.