When did the ABCC begin?

The ABCC as it exists today was established by the BCIIP Act on 2 December 2016. The history of the agency stretches back to the Cole Royal Commission into the building and construction industry.

The Cole Royal Commission was established in August 2001 and tabled its final report in March 2003. It found that the building and construction industry was characterised by a widespread disregard for the law, and that existing regulatory bodies had insufficient powers and resources to enforce the law. The Cole Royal Commission recommended the establishment of an independent commission to monitor conduct in the building and construction industry.

As a result:

  • On 1 October 2002, an interim body, the Building Industry Taskforce, was established. It became a permanent taskforce in March 2004.
  • On 1 October 2005, the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner was established by the BCII Act.
  • On 1 June 2012, Fair Work Building and Construction replaced the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner as the building industry regulator.
  • On 2 December 2016, the Australian Building and Construction Commission commenced operations, established by the BCIIP Act.