The ABCC is an independent statutory agency established by the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (BCIIP Act). The ABCC commenced operations on 2 December 2016, replacing its predecessor, the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (also known as Fair Work Building and Construction).
Responsible Minister and portfolio
The ABCC sits within the portfolio of the Department of Employment. The Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (Commissioner) is an independent Public Office Holder (POH) who reports to the Minister for Employment.
Enforce workplace relations laws in the building and construction industry and ensure compliance with those laws by all participants in the building and construction industry through the provision of education, assistance and advice. (2016–17 Portfolio Budget Statements)
1.1 Education services and compliance activities – to educate employers, employees, organisations and contractors about the workplace relations system and to ensure compliance with workplace laws. (2016–17 Portfolio Budget Statements)
To promote an improved workplace relations framework to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively for the benefit of all building industry participants, without distinction, and for the benefit of the Australian economy as a whole.1
- To enforce workplace relations laws in the building and construction industry through the provision of education, assistance and advice and, where necessary, civil penalty litigation in the courts.
- To ensure compliance with Building Codes by educating the industry, monitoring compliance and, where appropriate, seeking rectification by, or sanctions against, non-compliant contractors.
That all Australian building and construction workplaces are fair, efficient and productive.
To ensure that the rule of law prevails in the Australian building and construction industry.
1 When the ABCC commenced on 2 December 2016 there were minor refinements to the agency's role statement to bring it into line with the object of the BCIIP Act.