Being a contractor

Expectations of contractors

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), establish a panel of contractors every three years. This allows a competitive and transparent process for contractor engagement, while also providing administrative efficiencies.

  • contractors are appointed at the project or site level
  • quotes are obtained from contractors on the current three year panel
  • a designated owner/manager/site supervisor from each contractor company is required to complete this induction before starting any work for WGCMA under the current panel (July 2023- June 2026)
  • the designated manager or site supervisor of the contractor, has full responsibility for the management of safety on the work site
  • WGCMA staff will review and approve safety plans prior to any work commencing and at any time during the project
  • all work on WGCMA work sites will cease if non-compliance to licensing, accreditation, insurance or other safety requirements are identified by WGCMA or contractor staff.

The contractor agrees to:

  • provide additional key contacts/representatives who are available by telephone and email
  • provide suitable accredited plant operators and/or work crew who are qualified and capable to carry out the required tasks safely
  • pay all wages, overtime, accommodation allowances and travelling expenses of the operator and/or work crew and ensure adequate supervision
  • supply equipment that is safe, well maintained and suitable to the task, including all safety equipment and guards in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications and relevant Australian Standards
  • comply with all relevant legal, quality and OH&S requirements
  • maintain all registered plant in a fully legal and road worthy condition in accordance with the current Transport Act
  • independent safety assessment of plant and machinery on a regular basis – you must be able to provide relevant documentation to support this process
  • ensure unattended plant and equipment is in a safe condition and not a safety hazard
  • complete assigned tasks, effectively and within agreed time frames
  • notify the WGCMA project coordinator of any change of operator or crew member at the project site
  • not sub-contract any part of a project to any third party without prior written approval from the WGCMA – consent may be given or withheld by the WGCMA in its absolute discretion.

Work Health and Safety responsibility

Work Health and Safety responsibility is not only to an employer’s own employees, but to other people who may be required to work or enter a work site. Work will not start until the contractor complies with all WGCMA requirements and legal safety obligations:

  • current insurance
  • OH&S requirements
  • site-specific Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).

Insurance coverage

Insurance coverage must be maintained by the contractor which:

  • complies with the provisions of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic)
  • insures against its liability to pay compensation whether under legislation or otherwise
  • is a minimum $10 million public liability and must be maintained for the period of this panel or when undertaking any work for the WGCMA.

Current copies of Certificate of Currency must be provided on request.