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Secure Local Jobs Code Registrar appointed as preparations for next stage get underway

June 24, 2019

The expansion of the Secure Local Jobs Code to new sectors is another step towards further protecting the rights of Canberra workers. Through the Secure Local Jobs Code, the ACT Government is leveraging our purchasing power to ensure ACT Government contracts are awarded only to businesses with the highest ethical and labour standards.

The Secure Local Jobs Code commenced in January this year, ensuring that businesses tendering for government projects in cleaning, security, construction and traffic management meet the highest workplace standards.  To date, more than 800 businesses have received a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate.

From November 2019, businesses tendering for an ACT Government contract worth $200,000 or more where the primary input is labour will be required to hold a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate.

This includes a range of industry sectors, including the community sector. For example, the Code will cover contracts for rubbish and recycling collection, social services and transport.

The expansion of the Code will be overseen by the Secure Local Jobs Code Registrar, Andrew Parkinson. Mr Parkinson was recently appointed to the role until October 2021 after successfully implementing the first phase of the Code.

Mr Parkinson will continue to work collaboratively with industry stakeholders, unions and ACT Government agencies in the ongoing implementation of the Code.  A number of training sessions, workshops and individual meetings with stakeholders will be held to ensure enterprises are well informed and aware of their responsibilities once the Code’s expansion comes into effect.