FWBC enforces workplace relations laws in the building and construction industry through the provision of education, advice and compliance activities. This is in accordance with the FWBI Act and the Building Code 2013 (Building Code), and aligns with FWBC's purpose as described in the 2015–16 Corporate Plan.
The object of the FWBI Act as set out in section 3 is to provide a balanced framework for cooperative, productive and harmonious workplace relations in the building industry by:
- ensuring compliance with workplace relations laws by all building industry participants;
- providing information, advice and assistance to all building industry participants about their rights and obligations;
- providing an effective means of enforcing those rights and obligations;
- providing appropriate safeguards on the use of enforcement and investigative powers; and
- improving the level of occupational health and safety in the building industry.
As stated in section 5 of the Building Code 2013:
This code of practice has been developed to:
- promote fair, cooperative and productive workplace relations in the building and construction industry; and
- assist industry stakeholders to understand the Commonwealth's expectations and requirements in relation to entities that tender for Commonwealth-funded construction-related work, are awarded Commonwealth funded construction-related work, or both; and
- promote workplace reform.
In order to achieve the object of the FWBI Act and the Building Code in 2015–16, FWBC:
- provided ready access to information on relevant workplace laws;
- provided education, assistance and advice to industry participants;
- conducted site visits, inspections and audits to monitor compliance with workplace laws and the Building Code;
- assessed enterprise agreements for compliance with the Building Code;
- conducted investigations into alleged breaches of workplace laws and the Building Code;
- undertook enforcement action, including civil penalty litigation; and
- intervened in court proceedings and made submissions in matters before the Fair Work Commission.