The $88 million redevelopment of the State Library of Victoria is creating 125 jobs and providing an opportunity for local businesses to contribute their skills and expertise in trades including scaffolding, hydraulics and manufacturing.

21 February 2018

The State Library opened in 1856 and welcomes over 2 million visitors each year through its doors. It has more than 5.1 million items ranges from books and manuscripts, photographs, music, art and ephemera.

The redevelopment of this Victorian icon will open up more space for public use and restore and reopen the majestic Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and the historic Russell Street entrance.

The project is subject to the Major Projects Skills Guarantee, meaning apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets carry out at least 10 per cent of total labour hours.

To date, of the reported 19,800 workhours completed on the redevelopment, more than 2,100 of them have been completed by seven apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets, exceeding the 10 per cent target.

The redevelopment is providing opportunities for young Victorian workers to fine-tune their skills and get valuable experience on the job.

The Major Project Skills Guarantee has created close to 3,500 opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets to help shape Victoria’s biggest projects.

To date, the Victorian Government has set local content requirements for 81 strategic projects, with a combined total value of over $53 billion – supporting tens of thousands of local jobs.

Find out more about the Major Project Skills Guarantee