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Have your say on new AIP plans

30-11-2011
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Businesses, suppliers, unions and workers are invited to comment on the Federal Government’s plans to extend the operation of Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Plans.

The new move, announced at the recent Jobs Forum is designed to create more opportunities for industry.

Minister for Innovation and Industry Senator Kim Carr has released Measures to extend Australian Industry Participation, a consultation paper that proposes key changes to extend access for Australian businesses to supply to major projects and make processes more transparent.

“The changes extend the requirement for Australian Industry Participation plans to be lodged for projects involving government grants over $20 million and require AIP Plans and their outcomes to be published,” Senator Carr said.

“The changes mean that Australian businesses will get a fair opportunity to compete on level terms when contracts for government supported work are let.”

The changes proposed also include some that will require companies to provide more evidence of opportunities made available to Australian industry for projects under the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme.

“I have appointed a working group comprising representatives from industry, unions and federal and state governments to advise the Government on implementing the new measures.  In addition, if anyone wishes to make a submission it will be considered by the working group,” Senator Carr said.

So the working group can report to the Government by the end of the year, submissions must be lodged by Monday December 12.

More information, including a copy of the consultation paper, is available at: www.aip.gov.au

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