What is a Fair Jobs Code Plan?
A Fair Jobs Code Plan demonstrates how suppliers and businesses intend to deal with:
- industrial relations
- occupational health and safety matters
- workforce planning
- workforce diversity
The Fair Jobs Code Plan addresses Standards 1 to 5 of the Code.
Suppliers and businesses must follow the Standards under the Code when:
- entering into high value procurement contracts
- applying for significant business expansion grants
Who needs to provide a Fair Jobs Code Plan?
A Fair Jobs Code Plan is required:
- when a supplier submits a tender for a contract worth $20 million or more (exclusive of GST)
- within 12 months of a business entering into a significant business expansion grant agreement worth $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST) with a commitment to create jobs
There are two types of Fair Jobs Code Plan:
- Fair Jobs Code Plan – used by suppliers and businesses for
- goods and services procurement
- Fair Jobs Code Plan Addendum – used by suppliers for construction projects who have submitted an industrial relations plan equivalent under Part 4 of the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994 (Vic) –
When a Fair Jobs Code Plan must be submitted
Suppliers bidding for high value procurements must submit a Fair Jobs Code Plan when submitting their tender or offer.
Business applying for significant industry grants must submit the Fair Jobs Code Plan within 12 months of entering into a grant agreement.
Submit the Fair Jobs Code Plan to the Agency:
- when submitting for a procurement or tender
- when applying for a significant industry grant
Prepare a Fair Jobs Code Plan
What information is required
The Fair Jobs Code Plan will require suppliers and businesses to provide information in relation to complying with Standards 1 to 5 of the Code.
Holding a current and valid Pre-Assessment Certificate is evidence that a supplier or business meets Standard 1 of the Code.
How will the Fair Jobs Code Plan be assessed?
The Agency will consider the Fair Jobs Code Plan as part of its:
- tender or grant assessment evaluation
- due diligence processes
This may include considering if the:
- Fair Jobs Code Plan has been completed to the satisfaction of the Agency
- information provided is accurate and/or has been verified
- supplier or business holds a Pre-Assessment Certificate
- information and evidence provided in the form of policies, procedures and practices demonstrates that the supplier or business has met the requirements of the Standards
Failure to submit Fair Jobs Code Plan
Not submitting a Fair Jobs Code Plan may:
- lead to a procurement tender or offer being rejected
- lead to a business breaching its grant agreement
For grants, this may:
- have financial implications
- result in termination of the grant agreement
Reporting on Fair Jobs Code Plans
Suppliers and businesses must:
- participate in audits, review and enquiries in relation to the Fair Jobs Code plan
- for procurement - provide regular reports on matters set out in the Fair Jobs Code Plan
- for grants - adhere to milestone reporting
Tools and support
Reviewed 05 July 2023