The Victorian Government has announced it will establish a new schools cleaning contract model that will ensure schools get consistent, high quality services and cleaners are paid properly.
The announcement comes following multiple investigations within the past 12 months have found vulnerable staff were being underpaid and mistreated.
Minister for Education James Merlino today announced an overhaul of government school cleaner procurement, with a new model to be rolled out across Melbourne next year, prior to its roll out across regional Victoria.
Under the new model, eight zones will be created across metropolitan Melbourne and a single cleaning contract will be awarded for all schools in each.
In regional Victoria, the new model will strengthen the focus on contractor compliance, with the move to a zoned model to be informed by the roll out in Melbourne.
The Victorian Department of Education and Training has issued an invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI), which is available on Australian Tenders. It aims to introduce an Area-Based Cleaning Model for schools in metropolitan Melbourne. The goal of this new approach is to streamline administration, improve the quality, standard and consistency of cleaning services in all Victorian metropolitan government schools, and strengthen fair working conditions by ensuring correct remuneration and entitlements for cleaning staff.
The Department of Education and Training will work with existing cleaning contractors to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements, with support available for small businesses.
This new model will create consistent, high quality standards for cleaning in government schools and ensure all cleaning staff in VIC schools receive their legal wages and entitlements. It will also reduce the workload of Principals by freeing up the time spent managing cleaning contracts.
Successful companies will be required to recruit from the current Victorian government school cleaning workforce.
Minister for Education James Merlino said that getting a fair deal for school cleaners would be valuable for both cleaners and their employers.
“This new model will ensure schools get high quality cleaning services, principals are better supported to look after their schools and cleaners are treated fairly," he said.
The closing date for the Expression of Interest is 7 September 2017. Other similar tenders can be seen at Australian Tenders. You may need to subscribe to read the details of the tender. Alternatively you can go to the tender site for the Victorian Government.