Our Vision

That all Australian building and construction workplaces are productive and harmonious.

Our Mission

To ensure that the rule of law prevails in the Australian building and construction industry.

Our Role

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) enforces workplace relations laws in the building and construction industry.


FWBC is an independent statutory agency established by the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 (FWBI Act). FWBC commenced operations on 1 June 2012, replacing its predecessor, the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC).

Responsible Ministers and Portfolio

FWBC sits within the portfolio of the Department of Employment. The FWBC Director is a Public Office Holder who reports to the Minister of Employment.

Our Outcome

FWBC has a single outcome and program as set out in the Portfolio Budget Statement:

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.

Our Staff

As at 30 June 2014, FWBC had 125 ongoing staff and 10 non-ongoing staff.


FWBC has offices in every state and territory. The head office is located in Melbourne.

Key Events in FWBC History


The Building Industry Taskforce (BIT) was established on 1 October 2002 as an interim body to secure the rule of law in the industry prior to the establishment of the national agency envisaged by the Royal Commissioner, The Hon Terence Cole.

In March 2004 the BIT became a permanent taskforce, operating until the establishment of the ABCC in October 2005.

October 2005

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII Act) took effect in 2005. This legislation established the ABCC as an independent statutory authority.

The ABCC commenced operations on 1 October 2005.

July 2009

From 1 July 2009, the Fair Work Act 2009 replaced the Workplace Relations Act 1996.

The FW Act is the cornerstone legislation for workplace relations laws in Australia and includes rules regarding:

  • terms and conditions of employment;
  • rights and responsibilities of employees and employers; and
  • compliance and enforcement rules.

June 2012

On 1 June 2012, the FWBI Act took effect. The legislation established FWBC, replacing the ABCC as the building industry regulator.

November 2014

The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 was introduced to Parliament to reinstate the ABCC.