All people working on large Victorian government projects now face random drug and alcohol testing, under new guidelines to the Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry. The guidelines came into force on July 1.
The guidelines requires that for all projects where the Victorian Government contributes $10 million or more, any tender response or expression of interest must be accompanied by a Workplace Relations Management Plan (WRMP). The WRMP must include detailed information on the tenderer’s fitness for work policy, including the management of alcohol or other drugs in the workplace that will apply on the project.
Where a tenderer’s policy does not meet the standards, the tender must explain, to the satisfaction of the Construction Code Compliance Unit, why their proposal nevertheless meets the objectives of the guidelines.