John Holland, KBR, LXRA and MTM (The Alliance) are delivering the North Western Level Crossing Removal Program.

Procuring for a sustainable future

The Alliance is committed to achieving excellent economic, community and environmental outcomes during the project. Sustainable procurement drives positive economic and community outcomes, while providing a benefit to the environment through reduced resource usage and greenhouse gas emissions.


  • To create positive environmental and social impacts associated with the procurement requirements of the project.
  • To set commitments and targets for the project procurement process.


1) Providing opportunities for local businesses to participate in the project delivery. The Alliance will:

  • Develop and implement a local (Australia and New Zealand) content strategy that establishes the framework for meeting or exceeding local content targets in accordance with Victorian Industry Participation Policy Act 2003, including:
    • Develop a Local Industry Development Plan (LIDP) that establishes a strategy to use local content and specifies proposed percentages for each of the contestable items identified by Industry Capability Network Victoria (ICN).
    • Commit to using 100% Australian-made steel.

2) Facilitating economic prosperity and development and engendering a resilient local workforce. The Alliance will:

  • Identify and implement workforce initiatives that provide for the utilisation of new workplace skills and contribute to relevant sectoral, state and national targets.
  • Utilise Victorian registered apprentices, Victorian registered trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10% of the contract works’ total estimated deemed hours in accordance with the Major Projects Skills Guarantee.
  • Ensure that a minimum of 3% of the overall spend on goods, services and training is devoted to social procurement.
  • Ensure that at least 2.5% of the contact works’ total labour hours are undertaken by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island employees.
  • The project provides a range of training programs for our direct employees to improve workforce skills and capability including:
    • Project Induction
    • Foundations of Health Safety and Environment
      • Global Mandatory Requirements (GMR) - Safety & Environment 1-11
      • Rail Mandatory Requirements (RMRs)
    • Rail Essentials
    • Industry Competency Certificate Training
    • Apprentice and Trainee programs
    • National Graduate program
    • Supervisor and Leadership Development
    • Safety training
    • Cultural Awareness
  • Establish the Info and Jobs Hub  to support workforce development and social procurement objectives.
  • Develop and optimise employment and training opportunities for economically and socially disadvantaged individuals during construction.

3) Considering environmental, social and economic aspects in the procurement process. The Alliance will:

  • Assess the program using the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme and target a strong performance for the scheme’s procurement credits.
  • Request suppliers provide details of their environmental and sustainability policies and implementation during the tender phase.
  • Evaluate tenders received through consideration of sustainability (including environmental, social and economic) aspects using a multi-criteria analysis.
  • Aim to procure products that have positive environmental and social impacts where possible.
  • Where possible procure products that have recognised environmental labels or are from sustainable supply chains.
  • Where possible energy, materials and water consumption will be minimised, improving efficiency.


Ben Ryan
Alliance Manager