Construction of Victoria’s new youth justice centre will support thousands of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors.
The new facility will provide opportunities for a range of businesses in the area that can supply goods and services to the centre, to construction teams and – later – to staff and visitors.
The new youth justice centre will bring about 450 ongoing jobs to the area, with a range of roles available, including:
The project has been determined a ‘Strategic Project’ under the Local Jobs First Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP). This means the State will require the private sector to meet minimum local content targets, that is, content from Victoria, Australia and New Zealand. Having a local-content target is designed to ensure that major projects maximise benefit to local manufacturers and suppliers.
The project is expected to achieve at least 90 per cent local content and will maximise the use of locally milled steel.
Registering an Expression of Interest (EOI)
Bidders for Strategic Projects such as the new youth justice centre are required to work with the Industry Capability Network (ICN), which acts as a central point of contact between government and local industry, to develop a Local Industry Development Plan. The key purpose of this plan is for bidders to give genuine consideration to engaging local suppliers.
Organisations and individuals who are interested in work on the project can register with the ICN. Local service providers are also encouraged to register to express their interest.
The project is listed on the ICN Gateway at gateway.icn.org.au under ‘Youth Justice Centre Project’ which allows businesses to register their Expression of Interest.
Under the Skills Guarantee, the principal contractors awarded contracts for construction, building, infrastructure and civil engineering which have a pre-tender estimated value at or over $20min must utilise Victorian registered apprentices, Victorian registered trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the project’s total estimated labour hours.
An Aboriginal Employment target of four per cent based on the work’s total estimate labour hours will apply to the project.