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Fair Jobs Code for suppliers and businesses

Find out what the Fair Jobs Code is and what suppliers and businesses need to do to implement the Code.

What is the Fair Jobs Code?

The Victorian Fair Job Code enables the Victorian Government to use its purchasing power to:

  • promote secure employment and fair labour standards, and
  • ensure compliance with employment, workplace and industrial laws

When entering high value contracts or grants, suppliers and businesses must demonstrate how they provide workplaces that are:

  • fair
  • safe
  • secure
  • cooperative
  • inclusive

The Code sets standards that suppliers and businesses contracting with Victorian Government must meet:

  • Standard 1: Comply with all applicable employment, industrial relations and workplace health and safety obligations
  • Standard 2: Promote secure employment and job security
  • Standard 3: Foster cooperative and constructive relationships between employers, employees and their representatives
  • Standard 4: Foster workplace equity and diversity
  • Standard 5: Promote supply chain compliance

Suppliers and businesses are required to:

  • meet Standard 1 to be able to receive a Pre-Assessment Certificate
  • address Standards 2 - 5 in their Fair Jobs Code Plan (for high value contracts and significant business expansion grants)

There is no charge to a supplier or business to apply, obtain or renew a Pre-Assessment Certificate.

Read the Fair Jobs Code.

Read Fair Jobs Code Fact sheet.

What does the Code apply to?

The Fair Jobs Code applies to:

  • procurement of:
    • goods
    • works
    • services
  • business expansion grants over $500,000 (exclusive of GST), where a key milestone is the delivery of new jobs

The Fair Jobs Code applies when:

  • suppliers bid for procurements worth $3 million or more (exclusive of GST)
  • subcontractors deliver work worth $10 million or more (exclusive of GST) on procurements of $20 million or more (exclusive of GST)
  • businesses apply for significant business expansion grants of $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST)

When does the Code apply from?

From 1 December 2022, all Victorian Government departments and agencies must apply the Code to:

  • tender processes, and subsequent procurement contracts
  • grants, and subsequent grant agreements

Complying with the Code

Depending on the value of the procurement or grant, suppliers and businesses may be required to:

  • hold a Pre-Assessment Certificate
  • prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan

Hold a Pre-Assessment Certificate

Suppliers and businesses must hold a Pre-Assessment Certificate when:

  • tendering for procurements where the contract value is $3 million or more (exclusive of GST)
  • applying for significant business expansion grants with a value of $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST)

Subcontractors delivering work worth $10 million or more (exclusive of GST) on procurements of $20 million or more (exclusive of GST) must also hold a Pre-Assessment Certificate.

Some suppliers and businesses may also need to prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan.

Find out how to apply for a Pre-Assessment Certificate.

Read the Fair Jobs Code Pre-Assessment Certificate - Guidelines for suppliers and businesses.

Prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan

Suppliers and businesses must prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan when:

  • tendering for procurements where the contract value is $20 million or more (exclusive of GST)
  • applying for significant business expansion grants with a value of $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST). The Plan must be received within 12 months of receiving the grant.

Suppliers and businesses that need to prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan also must hold a Pre-Assessment Certificate.

Find out how to prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan.

Read the Fair Jobs Code Plan - Guidelines for suppliers and businesses.

Complaints under Fair Jobs Code

Certain people may submit a complaint about a supplier or business who does not comply with the Fair Jobs Code.

See How to make a complaint about a supplier or business for:

  • who can submit a complaint
  • how to submit a complaint
  • how a complaint is handled

General complaints about an action or service provided by the Fair Jobs Code Unit can be made to the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions – Complaints form.External Link

Tools and support

Find out more about the Fair Jobs Code.

Access tools and templates for the Fair Jobs Code.

Contact the Fair Jobs Code Unit.

Reviewed 05 July 2023

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