The Victorian Premier Denis Napthine recently announced that construction companies will be required to test their workers for drugs and alcohol to be eligible for Victorian Government contracts. It is proposed that amendments will be made to the implementation guidelines for the Victorian building and construction industry Code which are planned to be in place by about June 2014. Companies bidding for Victorian government construction contracts will need to have a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing plan and screening measures in place by mid year 2014.

In addition, the Premier announced that construction companies will also be required to introduce best practice security measures such as CCTV monitoring, biometric scanning and smartcard technology to be eligible to tender for government contracts.