Building Code

The Building Code 2013 sets out the Australian Government’s expected standards for all building industry participants involved in Commonwealth-funded construction projects.

Building Code 2013 Assessments

Fair Work Building and Construction assesses enterprise agreements to check for consistency with the Building Code’s requirements in line with its functions under the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012.

Building industry participants requiring further information about complying with the Building Code 2013 should visit Enterprise Agreement Assessments at the Fair Work Building and Construction website.

Further information about the Building Code 2013

The Building Code 2013 was issued under the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012.

The Building Code 2013 came into effect on 1 February 2013. An explanatory statement to the Building Code 2013 is also available.

Further information about the Building Code 2013, compliance assessments and the monitoring and sanctions regime can be found on the Fair Work Building and Construction website.

Supporting Guidelines

In April 2016 the Minister released revised Supporting Guidelines for the Building Code 2013 to assist Commonwealth funding entities understand their obligations when procuring Commonwealth-funded building and construction work. The Supporting Guidelines have been simplified and streamlined to make clearer the obligations of government bodies when procuring Commonwealth-funded building and construction work. The sanctions regime has also been made clearer.

Model Tender and Contract Clauses

The Model Clauses for Tender and Contract Documentation for the Building Code 2013 have been revised and simplified to assist funding entities and funding recipients prepare tender and contract documentation.

Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014

On 8 May 2016 the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced a federal election would be held on 2 July 2016 and as such the Australian Government has assumed a caretaker role. The caretaker period continues until the election result is clear, or, if there is a change of government, until the new government is appointed.

In the interim, the business of government continues and ordinary matters of administration continue to be addressed. Consequently, the Department is continuing to undertake interim assessments of enterprise agreements against the advance release Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014. An explanatory statement to the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 is also available.

In order for the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 to commence operation, the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 must first pass the Parliament. This is a matter for the incoming Government and the Parliament after the election.

If you would like an interim assessment please email your agreement to building@employment.gov.au.

Want to know more?

Email building@employment.gov.au
Building Hotline 1300 731 293