25 September 2023

Parkinson appointed to Jobs job

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Procurement ACT has appointed Andrew Parkinson as its Secure Local Jobs Code Registrar, responsible for overseeing the administration of the Secure Local Jobs Code which comes into effect in January.

Mr Parkinson (pictured) is currently Acting Director of Commercial Infrastructure at Procurement ACT.

Announcing the appointment, Minister for Government Services and Procurement, Rachel Stephen-Smith said Mr Parkinson would be responsible for overseeing the administration of the Secure Local Jobs Code, including proactively supporting businesses to understand and comply with the new requirements and addressing any breaches.

“The appointment of the Registrar is another milestone achieved to ensure the ACT Government only does business with organisations that meet their industrial relations and employment obligations and treat Canberra workers fairly,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

She said a Secure Local Jobs Code Certificate confirmed that a business met the standards in the Code.

“From 15 January 2019, businesses will need a Code Certificate to tender for construction, cleaning, security or traffic management work,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“Businesses will need a Code Certificate before they tender and for the duration of the project.”

She said businesses will need to engage an approved auditor to assess whether they meet Secure Local Jobs requirements and can apply for a Code Certificate.

She said this information was being provided now to give industry time to plan any changes it needed to make in order to tender for ACT Government work and to undergo independent audits to verify their compliance with relevant workplace laws.

“The Registrar’s first order of business will be to appoint Secure Local Jobs Auditors under the Act, to enable businesses to seek Secure Local Jobs certification,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

Information sessions are to be held starting next week (3 December) and more information is available from this PS News link.

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