The Local Jobs First Commissioner places a great emphasis on supporting and advocating on behalf of local businesses.

Since his appointment, the Local Jobs First Commissioner has engaged with many SMEs and key stakeholders to assist them in understanding the opportunities available in government procurement. In addition to face to face meetings and webinars, the Commissioner has visited many businesses to view firsthand the expertise and commitment to providing quality goods and services, as well as the innovation possessed by many Victorian businesses,

As Vinyl flooring is an important fixture in many Victorian Government-funded projects, the Local Jobs First Commissioner has established a good working relationship with Victorian-based manufacturer of vinyl sheet flooring - Armstrong flooring

In addition to having visited Armstrong’s Braeside manufacturing plant, the Local Jobs First Commissioner has advocated on behalf of Armstrong Flooring with Government Departments and agencies.

Local Jobs First Commissioner, Don Matthews said: “It is great to see the amazing capabilities of Victoria’s local industry. Victoria has an array of goods and services available and the more we see them being used across the state, the better. I am committed and will continue to advocate for local industry across Victoria.”

General Manager Rob McLorinan says businesses like Armstrong Flooring are grateful to have the support of the Local Jobs First Commissioner.

“We are extremely pleased that the Local Jobs First Commissioner and his team have reached out to Armstrong Flooring. They are in regular contact with us and provide real support. Armstrong Flooring provides employment to many Victorians. We produce high-quality products and our flooring is world-class, something of which we are extremely proud. The Local Jobs First Policy is something we wholeheartedly support.”

As infrastructure projects continue to grow as do the opportunities for local industry across the state.

As such, the Local Jobs First Commissioner will continue to advocate on behalf of the local industry providing ongoing opportunities for local businesses and workers in Victoria.

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