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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 2 August 2018) . . Page.. 2592 ..

The bill requires the registrar to maintain a publicly accessible register of entities that hold a secure local jobs code certificate as well as those who are prohibited from holding one. This will make it easier for the community to follow the government’s example and use their own dollars to support employers that meet the highest ethical and labour standards for their workers. We know that this is something Canberrans care about.

This government acknowledges the importance of unions and industry working together to achieve the best outcomes for workers. In developing this bill and the secure local jobs code, the government has already undertaken extensive consultation with stakeholders. Alongside the presentation of this bill today, a consultation draft secure local jobs code is being released for public comment. As the Assembly knows, this government will always encourage people to have their say. I encourage workers, unions, industry and the wider community to comment on the draft code.

We will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes for workers. This is why the bill also establishes the secure local jobs code advisory council. This council will advise the portfolio minister on the operation of the secure local jobs code and undertake a review of its operation within two years of commencement.

As well as giving businesses time to prepare, the government will seek to assist businesses to meet their obligations. For example, one of the registrar’s functions is to promote an understanding and acceptance of the secure local jobs code. The registrar will also develop educational programs to help secure local jobs code certificate holders to meet and maintain their obligations.

Madam Speaker, the government is committed to securing the best conditions we can for workers in businesses and organisations that undertake work for the government. Everyone in the Canberra community will benefit from these nation-leading changes that demonstrate this government’s commitment to standing up for workers and their families.

In closing, Madam Speaker, and with the indulgence of the chamber, I might just add a few words to my prepared remarks. I wish to acknowledge that development of the secure local jobs package has been a complex piece of work. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the officials who have worked so hard to get us to this point. Their efforts, and also those of my staff, are greatly appreciated.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wall) adjourned to the next sitting.

Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018

Reference to committee

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.27): I move:

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