The ABCC promotes 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.
The ABCC promotes its role in line with the object of its enabling legislation, the BCIIP Act, by the following means:
a) improving the bargaining framework so as to further encourage genuine bargaining at the workplace level;
b) promoting respect for the rule of law;
c) ensuring respect for the rights of building industry participants;
d) ensuring that building industry participants are accountable for their unlawful conduct;
e) providing effective means for investigating and enforcing the BCIIP Act, designated building laws (to the extent that those laws relate to building work) and the Building Code;
f) improving work health and safety in building work;
g) encouraging the pursuit of high levels of employment in the building industry, including by encouraging youth employment with an emphasis on engaging apprentices; and
h) providing assistance and advice to building industry participants in connection with their rights and obligations under the BCIIP Act, designated building laws and the Building Code.
The ABCC achieved this object in the 2016–17 financial year by the following means:
- providing ready access to information on relevant workplace laws;
- providing education, assistance and advice to building industry participants;
- making referrals to relevant state and Commonwealth agencies of matters that fall outside of the ABCC's jurisdiction;
- conducting site visits, inspections and audits to provide education and monitor compliance with workplace laws and Building Codes;
- assessing individual enterprise agreement clauses, draft enterprise agreements, and FWC approved (registered) enterprise agreements for compliance with Building Codes;
- conducting investigations into alleged breaches of workplace laws and Building Codes;
- intervening in court proceedings and making submissions in matters before the FWC;
- undertaking civil penalty proceedings; and
- making a recommendation for sanction of a contractor to the Minister under the Building Code 2013.
The agency's role as set out in the 2016–17 Corporate Plan by the (then) FWBC was to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations in the building industry by ensuring compliance with designated building laws and the Building Code 2013. The agency did, and has continued to promote this conduct, throughout the 2016–17 financial year.