Consultation on Secure Local Jobs Package for better protection of ACT workers

The ACT Government is seeking feedback on its consultation draft Secure Local Jobs Package.

The Secure Local Jobs Package is seeking to introduce a number of measures to make sure government contracts only go to businesses that meet high ethical and labour standards.

“The Package will put the ACT Government’s procurement practices in a nation-leading position as we seek to create local jobs that support workers, particularly those in industries where insecure work and poor employment practices are common,” said Minister for Workplace and Industrial Relations, Rachel Stephen-Smith.

The ACT Government says the new Package will streamline existing procurement requirements to make it easier for businesses to bid for government projects; enhance compliance and enforcement measures through a new unit within government; create clear requirements that businesses tendering for government work treat workers fairly and uphold their workplace rights and safety; and provide a clear, transparent process for businesses to resolve issues that arise with respect to ACT Government contracts.

It also recognizes organisations who do more for their workforce through training, enhanced employment participation and health and wellbeing activities.

“While the Secure Local Jobs Package will deliver for local workers, businesses who do the right thing will also benefit. The Package will legislate a level playing field for companies competing for government work,” said Ms. Stephen-Smith.

“This package rewards businesses who do the right thing by their workers and abide by their industrial obligations. Tougher compliance checks will catch companies seeking to give themselves a competitive advantage by avoiding their legal obligations.”

The new code will replace the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ACT Government and UnionsACT.

Consultation is now underway and will run until 2 March 2018 with relevant stakeholders.

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