Thursday, April 25, 2024

New local jobs commissioner appointed

Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner will champion local businesses and workers getting roles in the state’s big infrastructure, manufacturing and services projects, the state government said today.

Moana Weir (pictured) started as Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner today and brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has been a senior officer at companies including SEEK, REA Group, and an executive at Bupa.

An experienced lawyer, she is also currently Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

“I look forward to working closely with industry and across government to help drive economic recovery and promote opportunities for local workers through Victorian Government procurement,” Ms Weir said today.

The Local Jobs First Commissioner advocates on behalf of Victorian small and medium-sized enterprises and promotes the employment of Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets on government construction projects.

“Ms Weir’s expertise will help to deliver the Government’s Local Jobs First policy as we continue to put Victorian businesses and workers first,” said Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Martin Pakula.

The role also oversees compliance with local content commitments that maximise opportunities for local industry.

Ms Weir replaces the inaugural commissioner Don Matthews, who retired in 2021.

“I would like to welcome Ms Moana Weir into her role as the Local Jobs First Commissioner as she supports our state’s economic and social recovery by getting more Victorians into local jobs,” said Minister for Employment, Jaala Pulford.

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