The processes for grant projects is different to those projects that are directly procured, and it is important that Government departments and agencies read, understand and comply with the process and their obligations as outlined in the Local Jobs First Agency Guidelines.
Issuing a grant for a project
- If you are issuing a grant, it is important to be aware that grant recipients are subject to Local Jobs First where the value of the grant meets the Local Jobs First monetary thresholds of $1 million for regional projects, or $3 million for metropolitan Melbourne or statewide projects.
- You are required to register the grant on the ICN Gateway.
- The Grant Agreement must reflect the Local Jobs First requirements including the obligations as outlined in the Local Jobs First Model Clauses.
- Grant recipients must consult with the ICN to ensure that any opportunities have been identified for local suppliers to provide their goods and services into the project.
- Grant recipients should obtain an Interaction Reference Number (IRN) from the ICN as evidence of the activity.
- You should retain a record of the IRN and associated local content outcomes for monitoring and reporting purposes
- You are encouraged to maintain robust records for your grant and be prepared to work with DJPR on compliance with Local Jobs First.
The full steps for complying with Local Jobs First for Government departments or agencies issuing grants are outlined in detail in the Local Jobs First Agency Guidelines. Your department’s or agency’s Local Jobs First Administrator is also able to provide further assistance.