Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2685 ..
underpayment of wages. Any matters relating to the underpayment of wages that may have been decided by the ACT Magistrates Court since October 2020 would be publicly available on the Magistrates Court website.
In answer to questions 7 and 8:
The ACT Government has introduced a number of measures designed to support compliance with workplace laws and standards in the ACT, specifically:
In 2020, the ACT Government introduced a labour hire licensing scheme under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2020 to encourage responsible practices in the ACT labour hire sector. This legislation commenced on 27 May 2021 and a transition period applies until 27 November 2021 to allow labour hire providers to obtain a licence.
To obtain a licence, labour hire providers must be able to demonstrate a history of compliance with workplace laws and standards, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Information about the new labour hire licensing scheme is publicly available on the WorkSafe ACT website (www.worksafe.act.gov.au), the ACT Legislation Register website (www.legislation.act.gov.au) and in the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2020 and supporting legislative instruments.
In 2019, the ACT Government introduced the secure local jobs code which provide a suite of requirements for entities that contract with the ACT Government for territory-funded work. The secure local jobs code requirements allow the Government to audit the compliance history of entities with workplace laws and standards to ensure contracts are only be provided to entities that meet the highest ethical and labour standards.
Information about the secure local jobs requirements is publicly available at: https://www.procurement.act.gov.au/supplying-to-act-government/securelocaljobs.
In response to question 9:
Funding for initiatives such as the ACT’s labour hire licensing scheme and secure local jobs requirements can be found in the ACT Budget Papers.
Government—underquoting by developers(Question No 366)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 6 August 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction):
(1) Is the Government aware of developers underquoting to win large building contracts; if so, can the Minister provide any relevant information.
(2) Is the Government aware of developers underquoting below the actual costs of the project; if so, can the Minister provide any relevant information.