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.
What types of business need a certificate?
If you trade under an ABN in construction, cleaning, security or traffic management services, you need a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate to work on territory projects. Business structures such as sole traders, partnerships, trusts and companies are all included.
New Territory Funded Work
A Code Certified Entity must provide the territory entity with a person or persons, workforce locations and working hours for territory‐funded work for the purposes of assisting the exercise of a lawful right of entry in accordance with Part 3‐4 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) or Part 7 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
A Code Certified Entity must provide the information required prior to the commencement of territory‐funded work.
A Code Certified Entity must advise the territory entity within 14 days if there is a change to the information provided.
Please complete the ‘Contact Details for Territory Funded Work online form’ and provide all required details of work.
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 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 from 15 January 2019.
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 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.
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)
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.
For further queries about the Secure Local Jobs Code contact Secure Local Jobs.