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Local Jobs First

Find out how Local Business First gives Victorian businesses the opportunity to bid on projects around the state.

The Local Jobs First Policy supports Victorian businesses and workers by ensuring that small and medium size enterprises are given a full and fair opportunity to compete for both large and small government contracts, helping to create opportunities including for apprentices, trainees and cadets. The Local Jobs First policy comprises the Victorian Industry Participation Policy and the Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

The Local Jobs First Policy applies to all entities defined as either a public body or a department under section 3 of the Financial Management Act 1994.  

The Local Jobs First Policy applies to the full range of Victorian Government projects that meet financial thresholds.

Local Jobs First applicable projects include but are not limited to:

  • purchase of goods and/or services, regardless of the method of procurement (including but not limited to individual project tenders, State Purchase Contracts, supplier panels)
  • construction projects (incorporating design and construction phases and all related elements), including but not limited to individual projects, public private partnerships, alliance contracts, market led proposals, supplier panels and auctions
  • grant and loan projects, including but limited to grant agreements or loan arrangements to private, non-government and local government organisations for a single or group of projects


A Local Jobs First standard project is a project:

  • with a budget of $1 million or more in rural and regional Victoria
  • with a budget of $3 million or more for statewide projects or for projects in metropolitan Melbourne
  • declared to be a standard project by the Minister under section 7A (1) of the Local Jobs First Act 2003.

A Local Jobs First strategic project is a project:

  • with a budget of $50 million or more
  • any other project declared to be a Strategic Project by the Minister under section 7A(2) of the Local Jobs First Act 2003.

For more information on Local Jobs First visit:

https://localjobsfirst.vic.gov.au 

Reviewed 29 August 2019

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