National Construction Industry Forum

The Australian Government amended the Fair Work Act 2009 (Fair Work Act) to establish the National Construction Industry Forum (the Forum) as an ongoing statutory advisory body.

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The Forum's role is to provide advice to Government on a broad range of issues relating to work in the building and construction industry including safety, workplace relations, skills and training, industry culture, diversity and gender equity, and productivity.

The Forum is required to meet at least twice per year.


The Forum is chaired by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (the Minister), the Hon Tony Burke MP.

The Fair Work Act provides that the Minister must appoint one or more members with experience representing employees in the building and construction industry and an equal number of members with experience representing employers in the industry, including at least one member with experience representing contractors and one member with experience in small to medium sized enterprises in the residential building sector.

The Forum comprises the following members:


ChairThe Hon Tony Burke MPMinister for Employment and Workplace Relations
MemberThe Hon Ed Husic MPMinister for Industry and Science
MemberThe Hon Catherine King MPMinister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government


MemberNaomi BrooksConstruction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union
MemberTony CallinanAustralian Workers’ Union
MemberSteve MurphyAustralian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
MemberStacey SchinnerlAustralian Workers’ Union
MemberZach SmithConstruction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union
MemberMichael WrightElectrical Trades Union


MemberMelissa Byrne (nee) AdlerHousing Industry Association
MemberIrma BeganovicNational Electrical and Communications Association
MemberDeborah CoakleyDexus Funds Management and the Property Council of Australia
MemberBrent CrockfordAustralian Owned Contractors
MemberJon DaviesAustralian Constructors Association
MemberAlison MiramsFormerly of Roberts and Co.

Terms of Reference for the National Construction Industry Forum