Secure Local Jobs Code begins today

Released 15/01/2019

The Secure Local Jobs Code commences today, changing how the ACT Government awards contracts for government funded work to better protect Canberra workers.

The Code delivers on the Government’s election commitment to introduce a Secure Local Jobs Package and highlights the ACT Government’s expectations that businesses tendering for work meet the highest ethical and labour standards to ensure better outcomes for workers, businesses and organisations.

The commencement of the Code ensures that the government’s purchasing power is used to reward businesses who do the right thing by treating employees fairly.

From today, businesses tendering for construction, cleaning, security or traffic management work will be required to hold a Secure Local Jobs Certificate and meet specific workplace standards on:

  • pay and employment conditions
  • insurance, tax and superannuation
  • health and safety, including training and inductions
  • collective bargaining, freedom of association and representation rights.

To receive a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate, businesses will need to apply through the Secure Local Jobs Code Registrar.

77 businesses have already applied for a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate. Of those, 47 have already been granted a Certificate.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Government Services and Procurement:

“The ACT Labor Government will always stand up for Canberra’s workers. The Secure Local Jobs Code aims to ensure the Government only awards contracts to businesses that meet the highest ethical and labour standards.

The Code creates a transparent, well-governed process that ensures employers who do the right thing by their workers can compete for government work on a level playing field.

The Canberra community expects local workers to be treated fairly and have their rights at work respected by all employers. The Secure Local Jobs Code is part of our commitment to building an even stronger, fairer Canberra.”

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