A new online platform, in partnership with hipages, which allows local tradespeople to engage directly with government to bid for maintenance work at schools in their local communities.
How does it work?
We have partnered with hipages, one of Australia’s leading online job platforms for trade professionals, to make a selection of school maintenance jobs more accessible to local businesses.
Register on the hipages platform and you’ll be ready to participate as soon as maintenance jobs are listed.
Can I participate in the NSW Department of Education’s Local Trades Scheme?
If you are a qualified tradie servicing NSW you can join the Scheme by registering on the hipages platform. Please have ready to provide:
a current and valid ABN
confirmation you are registered for GST
all the necessary licences and qualifications to carry out work in NSW
evidence of a minimum $10 million Public Liability Insurance.
What types of maintenance jobs are part of the scheme?
The department will be submitting leads for a selection of planned maintenance work at NSW public schools up to a value of $50,000. You'll find the leads are for maintenance work that is planned and easily scheduled so as to ensure the schools are kept in good condition.
Examples of planned maintenance include:
Repairing or replacing items such as floor coverings, carpets, paving or upholstery
General maintenance jobs such as roof repairs, tiling, repairing gutters and landscaping
In time any activity at a school which requires a qualified trade professional may be promoted through the Local Trades Scheme.
I’m an existing hipages tradie, how do I find out more information?
Currently, if you're a hipages tradie who services NSW you’re able to receive and accept job leads from the scheme. Download the hipages for Business app and find out more in the ‘What’s new’ section of the app.
My company has an existing contract with the NSW Department of Education to deliver maintenance jobs, does the Local Trades Scheme impact my contract?
Existing contracts the department has with a contractor or business to deliver maintenance activities at NSW public schools are not impacted by the scheme.
What licenses and qualifications do I need to deliver work under the Local Trades Scheme?
The NSW Department of Education recognises the importance of qualified tradies delivering maintenance work at NSW public schools. Licences required to complete jobs in NSW may vary by trade category. After completing the Registration form a member of the hipages customer service team will contact you to discuss required qualifications for your trade.
hipages have a Trust and Quality team with processes in place to confirm and continuously monitor ABNs, licences and solvency information for registered tradies.
Are Local Trades Scheme leads only available in NSW?
Yes, the Local Trades Scheme is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education to support local tradies deliver a selection of maintenance jobs at NSW public schools.
Interstate tradies that service areas of NSW will be able to receive and accept leads for regions selected in their lead settings in hipages.
How is the Local Trades Scheme funded?
The Local Trades Scheme is funded by School Infrastructure NSW.