Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) commenced operations on 1 June 2012 and is the new regulator of workplace laws in the Australian building and construction industry.

FWBC is committed to ensuring cooperative, productive and harmonious workplace relations in the building and construction industry. Established by the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 (FWBI Act), FWBC works within a regulatory framework that includes the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) and the National Building Code 2013 (Building Code).

FWBC has a mandate to investigate and litigate across the full range of civil penalty breaches in the FW Act. FWBC’s regulatory focus is primarily on six key areas of concern:

  • unprotected industrial action

  • freedom of association

  • coercion

  • right of entry

  • wages and entitlements

  • sham contracting.

FWBC is committed to increasing productivity in the building and construction industry and improving the way it responds to the needs of building industry participants. The structure of the agency’s regulatory program concentrates on promoting awareness of workplace laws in the building and construction industry through education, assistance and advice.

The education, advice and compliance services offered by FWBC are targeted to ensure the industry is equipped to better comply with workplace laws and to support the growth of the building and construction industry in Australia.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS DURING 2012-13

Over the course of 2012-13, FWBC launched a range of new education and compliance initiatives to provide relevant information and advice to building industry participants and encourage workers and employers to comply with workplace laws. Read about these initiatives on pages 40-47.