The Liberals and Nationals’ record of destroying local jobs
The NSW Government purchases goods, services and infrastructure in accordance with the NSW Procurement Policy Framework.
The NSW Procurement Policy Framework was published by the Liberals and Nationals in 2015. This document is a “single source of guidance” which “sets out mandatory requirements” for procurement by NSW Government agencies. 
The NSW Procurement Policy Framework:
- Does not require agencies to consider opportunities to create and support local jobs; and
- Does not contain a single mention of the words “job” or “jobs”.
The Liberals and Nationals have failed to put local jobs first. Over the last eight years, they have:
- Required firms bidding for IT contacts to hire at least one third of their programmers overseas; 
- Chosen a South Korean company to build new trains which turned out to be too large for the tunnels they were meant to run through;  and
- Caused at least 122 workers to lose their jobs after awarding contracts for bus manufacturing to overseas firms. 
Labor will create a new NSW Jobs Act
Labor will create a new NSW Jobs Act.
The NSW Jobs Act will reform the NSW Government’s procurement processes to create more opportunities for businesses in NSW.
The NSW Jobs Act will apply to all NSW Government departments, agencies, statutory authorities and government trading entities.
The NSW Jobs Act will:
- Apply to the procurement of goods, services and infrastructure; and
- Require that the NSW Government must only deal with businesses which pay their workers fairly and adhere to safe work practices.
The NSW Jobs Act will be modelled on successful initiatives of Labor Governments in Western Australia and Victoria:
- The Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 (WA); and
- The Local Jobs First Act 2003 (Vic).
In 2017-18, Victoria’s “Local Jobs First” program supported more than 5,000 jobs and 758 apprentices and trainees. 
Labor will allow major projects to be declared “Jobs Significant”
The NSW Jobs Act will provide a new power for Ministers to declare major projects to be “Jobs Significant”.
Where a project is declared “Jobs Significant”, the NSW Government will require a target of 50 per cent local content.
A project will be considered for declaration if It involves expenditure of more than $50 million.
This reform will recognise that certain projects:
Are strategically significant to the economic future of NSW; and
Provide opportunities to develop the skills of the NSW workforce – particularly for apprentices and trainees.
Labor will amend the NSW Procurement Policy Framework
Labor will amend the NSW Procurement Policy Framework.
Labor’s amendments will require NSW Government agencies to consider the following matters when they make procurement decisions:
- Local jobs;
- Local skills; and
- Local industry.
These insertions into the NSW Procurement Policy Framework will:
- Apply to the procurement of goods, services and infrastructure;
- Require that the NSW Government must only deal with businesses which pay their workers fairly and adhere to safe work practices; and
- Ensure NSW Government agencies consider the value that can be created for NSW by delivering government work locally.
Labor will create a new unit to support NSW businesses
Labor will create a new unit in the Department of Industry to help NSW businesses.
The new unit will help business to:
- Develop plans for local industry participation as part of the government tendering process; and
- Identify opportunities to expand and invest, particularly in regional NSW.
The new unit will focus on helping small and medium sized enterprises in NSW to participate in NSW Government procurement opportunities.
The new unit will work with businesses, TAFEs and local councils to develop localised strategies for job creation and skill development opportunities.
The new unit will also help businesses identify relevant opportunities under existing government programs to support industry and job creation.
Labor will create opportunities to develop skills at work
Labor will require 20 per cent of work on major NSW Government construction projects be allocated to a combination of:
- Indigenous Australians; and
- People who have been long term unemployed.
Labor’s plan will:
- Create more opportunities for apprentices and trainees; and
- Maximise the benefits of public infrastructure investments by creating opportunities for people to develop their skills.
- There are half as many apprentices and trainees in NSW than when the Liberals and Nationals came to office in 2011.
1 NSW Procurement Policy Framework for NSW Government Agencies, NSW Procurement Board, July 2015, p. 2
2 At least 300 jobs expected to be lost to offshore firms in first three years of government contract, The Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2018
3 NSW inter-city train costs face blowout to make fleet fit tracks on Blue Mountains line, ABC News, 8 June 2018
4 Custom Bus sacks 122 Sydney staff after going into administration, ABC News, 2 February 2018
5 Annual Report 2017-18, Victorian Industry Participation Policy, p. 9
6 Commencements of apprentices and trainees in NSW (trade and non-trade), Data visualisation, National Centre for Vocational Education Research