Australian Building and Construction Industry

On 2 December 2016 the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was established under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016, replacing Fair Work Building and Construction.

The ABCC is responsible for administering the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Building Code).

The Australian Government has committed to abolishing the ABCC and the Building Code in full, ensuring building and construction workers have the same rights as other workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will take on the role of enforcing the Fair Work Act 2009 (Fair Work Act) in the building and construction industry when the ABCC is abolished, ensuring there will not be a shortfall in workplace relations regulation.

On Thursday 27 October, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 was introduced to Parliament. The Bill proposes the abolition of the ABCC. For more information on the Bill, please visit the Secure Jobs, Better Pay webpage.

Review of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016

On 6 December 2018, the Australian Government tabled the Review of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016. The review found that the Australian Building and Construction Commission activities are consistent with its role as a full-service regulator, and the higher penalties applying to the sector should be retained.

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Review of Security of Payment Laws

In 2017, the Government commissioned the National Review of Security of Payment Laws (the Review) to examine ways to improve consistency in security of payment legislation and enhance protections to ensure subcontractors get paid on time for work they have done. The final report was published 21 May 2018.

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Review of Workplace Health and Safety laws in the construction industry

In 2018, the national review of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulatory framework in the building and construction industry (the review) was completed.  The review was conducted by Seyfarth Shaw Australia with assistance from the former Department of Jobs and Small Business.

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Australian Building and Construction Commission and Building Code

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

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Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

The OFSC aims to promote and improve WHS in the Australian building and construction industry through the management of the Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme and support for the Federal Safety Commissioner.

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