Building Industry

On 2 December 2016 the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was established under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016The ABCC is the replacement body for Fair Work Building and Construction.

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Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016

On 2 December 2016, the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, issued a new building code. The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 applies to companies who wish to undertake Commonwealth-funded building work.

The Code applies to all new tenders for Commonwealth-funded building work and all building contractors who tender will need to comply with the Code’s conduct requirements on building sites.

Enterprise agreements made from 2 December 2016 must comply with the Code in order to be eligible to be awarded Commonwealth-funded work, however, building industry participants covered by existing agreements now have until 29 November 2018 to ensure their agreements are Code compliant.

An explanatory statement to the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 is available.

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Code Assessments

The Australian Building and Construction Commission assesses enterprise agreements to check for consistency with the requirements of the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

Building industry participants requiring further information about complying with the Code should visit the Australian Building and Construction Commission website.

Building Code 2013

The obligations in the Building Code 2013 will continue to apply to Commonwealth-funded building work for which expressions of interest or tenders were issued prior to the commencement of the new code.

An explanatory statement to the Building Code 2013 is also available.

Supporting Guidelines for the Building Code 2013 detail the processes for Commonwealth funding entities to monitor and report on compliance for building work subject to the Building Code 2013. It also details the processes that will be used to determine whether a sanction should be imposed on a building industry participant for non-compliance.

Want to know more?

Visit the Australian Building and Construction Commission website.