New Local Jobs First Commissioner

Published: 3 February 2022

Moana Weir has been appointed as Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

Ms Weir is an experienced lawyer with extensive leadership experience, including as a senior officer of SEEK and REA Group, and as an executive at Bupa. She has also served as a director on a number of boards, including as chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Moana Weir, Local Jobs First CommissionerThe 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.

The role also oversees compliance with local content and job commitments that maximise opportunities for local industry. Ms Weir replaces the inaugural Commissioner Mr Don Matthews, who retired in 2021.

Under its Local Jobs First policy, the Victorian Government has set local content requirements for 229 Strategic projects across Victoria.

Victoria’s Local Jobs First Act 2003 means all Victorian Government departments and agencies must apply Local Jobs First to contracts valued at $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne. It also requires job opportunities to be created for Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets on construction projects valued at $20 million or more.

For more information about the Commissioner, visit: Victoria's Local Jobs First Commissioner.