The Local Jobs First policy  must be applied by all Victorian government departments and agencies for any type of project with a value of:

  • $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or
  • $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne or for state-wide activities.

Minimum local content requirements are set for government projects worth $50 million or more or for other projects as agreed.

Through this policy, Victoria has a strong mandate to drive local jobs and capability for Government-funded and supported major projects.

Our role and this policy could not be more important as Australia recovers from the effects of COVID-19, and the desire for sovereign capability has never been stronger.

Major Project Skills Guarantee (MPSG)

This policy helps create opportunities for Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets to work on  Victoria’s building and infrastructure projects supporting the skills pipeline.

Under the MPSG, all construction projects valued at or over $20 million are required to use Victorian apprentices, trainees or cadets for at least 10 per cent of the total estimated labour hours.

Update: Steel Policy Enhancements August 2022

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Local Jobs First Commissioner released Steel Policy Enhancements to Government Procurement.

A new process has been introduced to apply for strategic projects.

Key changes to policy:

  • All steel packages for strategic government projects, greater than $50m in value, must be published on ICN Gateway for full transparency and visibility
  • Any significant diversion by a supplier for a LJF project must now notify the project delivery agency in advance of any changes to local sourcing

A significant diversion is one that proposes to:

  • reduce the local content of any steel item or
  • reduce by 20% or more local content of any item of significant value to the project ($5 million or 5% of total project value)

For more details please read here

Upcoming events

Defence Day by ICN 2023

It is an exciting time for the Australian Defence industry, and ICN is on the front foot working with Defence primes to ensure local suppliers are not only kept informed of opportunities but are able to take advantage of them.

Past events

Great Eastern Offshore Wind Industry Briefing Program

Learn about the exciting supply-chain opportunities of the Great Eastern Wind project

ICN Victoria Grand Prix 2023 – Growing the Clean Economy Program

ICN Victoria is bringing this popular speaker event back to the Grand Prix racetrack in 2023

Industry Advisers

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Medtech Industry Adviser

Craig Neylon

Craig Neylon is our Medtech Industry Adviser.

Connect with Craig on LinkedIn  | 0417385975 |

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Industry Adviser

Peter McCracken

Peter McCracken is the Regional Industry Advisor for Geelong, Barwon and Great South Coast.

Peter has extensive experience in manufacturing – particularly in the automotive sector – with roles covering business development/sales, training, installation, and production. Peter has worked at the Ford Motor Company, at which he held a range of roles from electrical to plant supervisor. Peter then moved onto both technical and business development roles with companies such as Clipsal, Schneider Electric and Eaton Industries.

Connect with Peter on LinkedIn  | 0407 505 477 |

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Industry Adviser

Colin Young

Colin Young is the Regional Industry Advisor for Gippsland.

Colin has an extensive background in the energy sector, including more than 25 years as Engineering Manager at Victoria’s largest power station, Loy Yang A. As a long-term local resident of Gippsland, Colin has a passion for regional business with a particular focus on helping them transition to renewable energy opportunities as they emerge.

Connect with Colin on LinkedIn | 0438 753 428 |

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Industry Adviser

Noel Morton

Noel Morton is the Regional Industry Advisor for Bendigo and Loddon Mallee.

Noel has a strong background in the Defence sector and is passionate about the history of Australian manufacturing. Noel is a Fitter & Machinist by trade and spent around 28 years working for the Commonwealth Government Ordnance group and later Australian Defence Industries in Bendigo. Noel’s involvement during that time included designing and manufacturing heavy military ordnance and large civil infrastructure components, for example. Noel has also achieved an Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. During his time in the Defence sector working on specialist military vehicles, Noel had direct engagement with ICN Victoria (then the ISO) and could see the great value it had in supporting buyers on major projects as well as increasing opportunity for local manufacturers.

Connect with Noel on LinkedIn | 0409 182 952 |

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Industry Adviser

Garry Holding

Garry Holding is the Regional Industry Advisor for Ballarat and the Grampians.

Having lived and worked there most of his life. Garry’s working career has been in a diverse range of areas including business ownership and management, workplace training, managing an RTO delivering Government programs to business, business development, and manufacturing. Garry is passionate about helping local win. He thoroughly enjoys this role and being part of a dedicated professional team focussed on helping business grow is full of rewards.

Connect with Garry on LinkedIn | 0418 994 288 |

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Senior Industry Liason

Andrew Bradley


Andrew Bradley is our Senior Industry Liaison.

Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn| 0447446091 |


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Renewable Energy Industry Adviser

Lisa Maro

Lisa Maro is our Renewable Energy Industry Adviser.

Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn | 0437853951 |



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