The Government aims to improve conditions for New Zealand workers by requiring agencies to ensure suppliers and their sub-contractors comply with employment standards, and health and safety requirements.
Good government procurement practices that focus on achieving good health and safety and employment outcomes will go some way towards improving conditions for workers in higher risk industries. It will also help to create a more level playing field in which suppliers who meet their responsibilities cannot be undercut by those who cut corners by using unsafe and unfair practices.
Suppliers delivering goods and services to agencies in designated contract areas will be required to ensure that they and their sub-contractors comply with employment standards, and health and safety requirements.
As a starting point, the government has prioritised contracts in the following areas:
To help you achieve good health and safety outcomes, read:
Help protect New Zealander workers from unsafe work.
To help you achieve good employment outcomes, read our guidance on:
Help protect New Zealand workers from unfair work.