Premier of Victoria

10/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/18/2017 21:35

Infrastructure Boom Puts Local Jobs First

The Andrews Labor Government's multibillion dollar pipeline of infrastructure projects is putting local workers and businesses first.

The Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy(VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 shows local content requirements were set for 31 public projects worth more than $19 billion during that financial year.

The policy ensures Victorian contractors, workers and apprentices get their fair share of the work.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has announced 80 public projects with local content requirements. Seventy of those projects are already underway, with a combined value of more than $49 billion.

In four wasted years of the former Liberal Government, they managed just eight projects with mandated minimum local content.

Labor projects will achieve an average of 86 per cent local content, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors.

Three projects were completed in the 2016-17 financial year, while work continued or commenced across 54 others worth more than $33 billion.

They include road and rail infrastructure, new schools and hospitals and the manufacture of new trains to get people home safer and sooner.

The flagship Level Crossing Removal Project has a mandated requirement to use 100 per cent local steel products made from locally milled steel.

The Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 can be accessed at ecodev.vic.gov.au/vipp.

Local businesses interested in supplying to VIPP Strategic Projects can register with the Industry Capability Network at icnvic.org.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

'Whether it's building the Metro Tunnel, widening the Tullamarine Freeway or removing level crossings - there has never been a better time for local businesses to get involved in our infrastructure boom.'

'Thanks to good Labor Government policy, Victorian workers and businesses are shaping the future of our state.'