The Victorian Local Jobs First Bill will be introduced to Parliament next year. The Bill will mandate the use of local content and local apprentices on Victoria’s most significant public projects – from road and rail projects to schools and hospitals – ensuring every major contractor is held to account.

In addition, a Victorian Local Jobs First Commissioner will advocate for local content and oversee compliance of local workforce and content targets. And a new regime will be developed to target non-compliance.

As Victoria’s advocate for local content, the Local Jobs First Commissioner will work closely with industry and departments to open-up opportunities for small and medium firms on government projects.

There will also be a new requirement on all government agencies to buy local uniforms and locally-manufactured personal protective equipment – such as high-vis vests, hard hats and safety goggles – where possible, instead of importing gear from overseas.

To help create local jobs across the supply chain, local content targets have been set on major government works including 100 per cent local steel on level crossings and 50 per cent local content on rolling stock.