The Government will establish a fairer schools cleaning contract model that will ensure schools get consistent, high quality services and cleaners are paid properly.
It comes after multiple investigations within the past 12 months have found vulnerable staff were being underpaid and mistreated.
Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino announced an overhaul of government school cleaner procurement, with a new model to be rolled out across Melbourne in 2018, prior to its roll out across regional Victoria.
Under a 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.
This new model will create consistent, high quality standards for cleaning in government schools and ensure all cleaning staff in our schools receive their legal wages and entitlements.
The model will also reduce the workload of Principals by freeing up the time spent managing cleaning contracts.
The Victorian 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.
An open and competitive tender process will be run to appoint cleaning companies to the eight zones.
Successful companies will be required to recruit from the current Victorian government school cleaning workforce.
Source: Vic Government