VIPP Forward Plan identifies strategic projects

The Victorian Government has released its latest forward plan under the Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy, identifying 83 Strategic Projects, including three complete, 54 current and 26 future projects. 

‘From sourcing local steel and concrete, to giving apprentices a chance to build their career – our major projects are creating local jobs and opportunities for Victorian businesses and suppliers,’ Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan said in announcing the plan at the $340 million Melbourne Park Redevelopment site.

Since November 2014, 57 projects have been determined as VIPP Strategic Projects, representing more than $47 billion and supporting thousands of jobs across Victoria.

A further 15 VIPP Strategic Projects are expected to be released to the market in the next few months, with 11 more planned for 2018.

VIPP Strategic Projects have minimum local content requirements and other conditions set by government, providing opportunities for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to supply into government contracts, such as hospitals, schools, rail and road projects, while still achieving value for money.

The Forward Plan Gateway page provides industry with early notification of project information and the opportunity to register your expressions of interest to supply into those projects.

Victorian SMEs are encouraged to register their business with ICN Victoria and along with this outline their full capability and recent experience. For each Strategic Project, the Government sets a minimum local content requirement that projects must meet, ensuring local spending means local jobs.

More information can be found on Gateway

Download a copy of the plan here.

Commitment to accuracy

Meanwhile, ICN is inviting suppliers to help shape the local content capability for VIPP applicable Government projects.

Over the coming months ICN Victoria will conduct a benchmarking exercise that includes surveying selected businesses on their local content. This is integral to providing our VIPP team with the accuracy required to ensure local goods and services are being maximised on government projects and provide greater visibility for local manufacturers and suppliers.