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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (6 April) . . Page.. 1127..


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Government procurement

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 28 March 2015, the Chief Minister and UnionsACT signed an Agreed Memorandum of Understanding on Procurement of Works and Services by the ACT Government (MOU);

(b) previous versions of this MOU are reported to have been signed but have not been made public;

(c) that the MOU states in its definitions section that consultation means "providing relevant information to UnionsACT and/or the relevant unions as identified by UnionsACT. It is more than a mere exchange of information";

(d) the MOU further stipulates that:

(i) only providers/performers of works and services who meet the set criteria will be pre-qualified;

(ii) ACT Government agencies must decline to award a tender proposal for ACT Government works or services where a tenderer does not provide an undertaking in their submission that it will comply with the relevant obligations as set out in 3.3 of this MOU;

(iii) the list of tenderers for each contract will be provided to UnionsACT and/or relevant unions as identified by UnionsACT;

(iv) providers or performers of work must afford access by union delegates and/or officials to enter a workplace;

(v) providers or performers of work must afford access to an inspection of the relevant employer records by the union, including the name and address of the employee and the hours worked; and

(vi) the Territory Directorate responsible for procurement will provide an annual report to UnionsACT on the progress made in implementing this agreement and on instances of compliance activities undertaken by the Territory and of proven non-compliance by tenderers. This is in addition to any ordinary reporting of non-compliance that may occur between the Territory and unions;


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