The Victorian Government is committed to providing opportunities for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) including into projects that are supported through government grants.
If you have received a grant from a Victorian Government department or agency towards a project, Local Jobs First applies where the value of the grant meets the Local Jobs First thresholds.
The way that Local Jobs First applies to grants projects is tailored and it is important that you read and understand the process and your obligations as detailed in the Local Jobs First Supplier Guidelines.
If you receive a project grant:
- Your contract will make clear whether Local Jobs First applies and the specific requirements.
- As a first step you will need to engage with ICN Victoria and obtain an Interaction Reference Number (IRN).
- Through the ICN, you will gain valuable information on local businesses which can potentially supply goods and services into your project. ICN advisers can even make the initial contact on your behalf!
- Following this consultation, ICN will issue you a letter with the IRN that will need to be submitted to the agency issuing the grant, as outlined in the grant agreement.
- You should monitor your activities to engage local suppliers, as well as local content and job achievements over the life of the project, as this will provide important information needed for reporting purposes. It is also good practice and will remind you of the effort you have made to engage local businesses and related achievements.
- For details on the Local Jobs First requirements for grant recipients refer to the Local Jobs First Supplier Guidelines.
As a project that has received a significant government grant, you may also be approached to participate in events to showcase the project, your and your supply chain’s capability and excellence of the workforce delivering the project. This is a great way of promoting the great achievements from local businesses and workers on government projects.