Published 01-02-2022

Vic Local Jobs First Commissioner comes onboard

01-02-2022

Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner Moana Weir, will champion local businesses and workers getting roles in the state’s big infrastructure, manufacturing and services projects. 

Weir, who started in the role last week, has been a senior officer at companies including SEEK, REA Group, and an executive at Bupa. An experienced lawyer, she is currently Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.  

She replaces the inaugural commissioner Don Matthews, who retired in 2021. 

SME advocate

The Local Jobs First Commissioner advocates on behalf of Victorian small and medium-sized enterprises and  promotes the employment of Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets on government construction projects.  The role also oversees compliance with local content commitments that maximise opportunities for local  industry. 

The Minister for Industry Support and Recovery,  Martin Pakula said, “Ms Weir’s expertise will help to deliver the Government’s Local Jobs First policy as we continue to put Victorian  businesses and workers first.” 

 “I look forward to working closely with industry and across government to help drive economic recovery and  promote opportunities for local workers through Victorian Government procurement,” Weir responded.

Largest procurer

The Victorian Government is the largest procurer of goods, services and construction works in the state and helps  to develop local industries, create jobs and boost economic activity.  

Under its Local Jobs First policy, the Victorian Government has set local content requirements for 227 strategic  projects since December 2014. 

Victoria’s Local Jobs First Act 2003 is Australia’s oldest legislation on mandatory local content, requiring all  Government departments and agencies to apply local content for contracts valued at $1 million or more in  regional Victoria, or $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne. It also requires job opportunities to be  created for Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets on projects worth over $20 million. 

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