Frequently Asked Questions - Agencies
You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions related to agency compliance below.
Request for Information from Agencies
How do I submit information to the Commissioner and what format is it required to be provided in?
The Local Jobs First Commissioner will specify what format the information should be submitted in and how it should be delivered (i.e. via email or post).
Information should be submitted to the Commissioner within the time-period specified.
Can I request an extension to the submission due date?
You may request an extension to the due date of information required by emailing or sending a letter to the Commissioner. The Commissioner will consider each request for an extension on a case by case basis and inform you of the outcome by reply email or letter.
You are required to include justification for an extension within your request to the Commissioner.
What if I do not have the requested information?
If you do not have the requested information, documents or records specified, you must confirm this in writing to the Commissioner. The Commissioner will determine whether this is to be considered a breach of compliance with the Local Jobs First policy and advise of actions to be taken.
Injunctions or Other Enforcement Action
When can the Commissioner recommend to an agency to seek an injunction or take enforcement action?
If a person is failing to comply or has failed to comply with the Local Jobs First Policy or a Local Industry Development Plan, the Commissioner may make a recommendation to the appropriate agency that the agency seeks compliance with the Local Jobs First Policy or the Local Industry Development Plan by:
- applying to a court of competent jurisdiction for an injunction; or
- taking enforcement action available under an applicable contract.
The Commissioner will write directly to the agency’s Accountable Officer (via email or post) about the recommendations.
What happens when the Commissioner recommends to an agency to seek an injunction or take enforcement action?
Relevant agencies will determine whether to apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an injunction or to take enforcement action under contract.
The Agency should confirm the course of action with the Commissioner in writing.
What should I do if I have received an audit request from the Local Jobs First Commissioner?
The Commissioner may contact the Accountable Officer of an agency in writing to conduct an audit.
The Audit Request will be attached with the relevant Terms of Reference. An agency must comply with the Terms of Reference for the audit and can either procure consultancy services to conduct the audit on behalf of the agency or conduct an audit with internal resources. The agency is required to cover the cost of the audit.
An agency must submit interim and final audit reports to the Commissioner upon completion and within the requested timeframe, including a management action plan to address the findings or recommendations arising from the report.
The full copy of the report must be submitted to the Commissioner by post and email (pdf).
What will the Commissioner do with the audit report?
The Commissioner will review the audit report to identify issues and will work with the Agency to ensure that recommendations are implemented.
The Commissioner may request implementation status report updates to track progress and improvements over time.