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National skills targets to be implemented for Australia's major construction and ICT projects from 1 July 2024

National skills targets to be implemented for Australia's major construction and ICT projects from 1 July 2024

Starting 1 July 2024, the Skills Guarantee Procurement Connected Policy will apply to all Australian Government construction and ICT procurements with a total contract value of AU$10mn or more.

Australia will soon apply national skills targets to major Government construction and ICT projects for apprentices, trainees, paid cadets, and women under the implementation of the Australian Skills Guarantee Procurement Connected Policy (PCP).

Starting 1 July 2024 (Monday), the Skills Guarantee PCP will apply to all Australian Government construction and ICT procurements with a total contract value of AU$10mn or more, and also provide instructions for all parties undertaking in-scope projects.

As clarified by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), relevant entities are required to play an ongoing role in the management, compliance and reporting of Australian Skills Guarantee procurement activities. This includes reporting to DEWR's department on the progress of contracts and compliance of the new national targets.

To ease preparation for contracting agencies and suppliers, the Skills Guarantee PCP has been released, along with a range of resources to guide the management of eligible projects.

"The Australian Skills Guarantee is using the Australian Government’s significant purchasing power to help address skills shortages and gender segregation in the construction and ICT sectors.

"We collaborated with key stakeholders across government and industry on the development and implementation of the Skills Guarantee PCP," the Department shared.

More information on the Skills Guarantee PCP can be found here.


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