In a directive from the Victorian State Government, all of Victoria’s major publicly funded works over $20 million must use local apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10% of the project’s total labour hours under the Major Projects Skills Guarantee.
The Victorian Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee provides opportunities for Victorian apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets to work on some of Victoria’s biggest building and construction, infrastructure and civil engineering projects.
The purpose of the policy is to create more job opportunities, particularly for young people, and promote a strong and sustained vocational training culture within the Victorian building and construction industry. More than 50 Victorian Government funded projects will be applying the Major Project Skills Guarantee including the Level Crossing Removal Project, Melbourne Metro Rail Project and Westgate Tunnel.
Time spent by Victorian apprentices or Victorian trainees attending off-site course-related education at registered training organisations (RTOs) may be included as contributions towards the 10% requirement.
Key points from the guidelines also state that;
- The Victorian apprentices, Victorian trainees or engineering cadets that are utilised must reflect the existing occupational profile of the sector workforce, and contractors are to avoid reliance on any one group to achieve compliance where this is outside the industry or sector norm.
- Contractors are to be encouraged to use Victorian apprentices, Victorian trainees or engineering cadets drawn from groups who are generally under-represented in industry vocational training such as women, and/or who face barriers to vocational training or the workforce more generally, such as indigenous or older apprentices, trainees or cadets or those with a disability.
Major Projects Skills Guarantee website : https://jobs.vic.gov.au/about-jobs-victoria/major-projects-skills-guarantee
Training your apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets off-site in a training program counts towards your 10% project contribution. If you would like to explore how our programs can meet this requirement in Victoria, contact us on 1300 453 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Negligent Employers & Senior Executives Can Be Charged With Industrial Manslaughter- New Queensland Laws
In a media statement from the Queensland government, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced new industrial manslaughter laws passed the parliament, leaving negligent employers culpable in workplace deaths with nowhere to hide.
In response to the tragic fatalities at Dreamworld and an Eagle Farm work site in 2016, the Queensland government undertook a Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety in Queensland. The creation of the new offence of industrial manslaughter was one of 58 recommendations contained in the report. Industrial manslaughter allows the criminal prosecution of owners and employers for workplace deaths.
“Negligent employers culpable in workplace fatalities in Queensland will face severe penalties for the new offence of industrial manslaughter,” said Minister Grace.
“Individuals guilty of industrial manslaughter will face 20 years imprisonment, with corporate offenders liable for fines of up to $10 million. These penalties send out a strong message to all employers that negligence causing death won’t be tolerated under any circumstances.
“Because of increasingly elaborate corporate structures, up until now, it’s been difficult to prosecute some employers for manslaughter.
“But these new laws will hold all employers – regardless of their size or structure – accountable for negligence contributing to a worker’s death.
According to the review, worker representatives and plaintiff lawyers favour the creation of an offence of gross negligence causing death, while industry groups and other legal professional groups favoured retaining the status quo.
To date, the only Australian jurisdiction which had a specific industrial manslaughter type offence was the Australian Capital Territory.
“The legislation passed today is all about ensuring all Queensland workers can return home safely to their loved ones after a day’s work.”
Queensland Government Media Release:
Best Practice Review Of Workplace Health and Safety:
Safety Dimensions will update this page as more news comes to hand about what this means in practice for the QLD safety community.