Showcasing businesses benefiting from the Local Jobs First Policy

Published: 25 June 2019

Representatives standing infront of the Atherton sign
In this photo, from left to right: Don Matthews (Local Jobs First Commissioner), Leigh Pike (Chief Operations Officer, Atherton), Michael Borowick JP (Director, Office of the Local Jobs First Commissioner) and Tom Atherton (Chief Executive Officer, Atherton).

The Local Jobs First Policy, established in August 2018, ensures that all businesses are given a fair opportunity to participate in Victorian Government projects.

A.E Atherton and Sons Pty Ltd (Atherton) is one of many businesses taking up work on large-scale government projects through this policy, most recently on the Joan Kirner Hospital.

Atherton is a leader in infection control products for the hospital, medical and scientific industries. Established in Victoria in 1889, it is a family-owned business manufacturing and supplying hospitals and laboratories with sterilisation and sanitising equipment.

The recently completed Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital transformed Sunshine Hospital into a leading paediatric and maternal health facility. A $200 million project, it has enabled more than thirty Victorian businesses the opportunity to contribute to a significant Victorian project, including Atherton.

CEO Tom Atherton said: "As a passionate Victorian-based company employing Victorians in the manufacturing and customer service sectors, it 's great to see our State Government supporting local industries such as ours through the Local Jobs First initiative. We appreciate the need for a competitive environment, however as the sole manufacturer of large medical sterilizers left in Australia today it makes sense for the government to support local industries over our foreign competitors where possible."

Hospital equipment at Atherton Local Jobs First Commissioner, Don Matthews, visited Atherton's manufacturing facility in Alphington. "Local Jobs First is giving opportunities to Victorian business, no matter how big or small, to provide quality Australian products to large-scale government projects. I hope to see many more Victorian businesses taking part in government procurement."

The Victorian Government is the largest procurer of goods and services in Victoria, including construction works and is committed to developing local industries, creating jobs and boosting economic activities across the state.

More information is available on the Local Jobs First website.