Building Code

The Building Code 2016

The Building Code 2016 is the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the Building Code) which commenced on 2 December 2016.


Eligibility to tender

Letters of compliance, self-declarations and preliminary advice on agreement content.


Reporting requirements

There are various reporting/notification requirements under the Building Code. The requirements are contained in section 16 (industrial action and secondary boycotts), section 17 (Building Code breaches) and section 11D (security of payment)/ section 11E (disputed payments).


Security of payment

Each State and Territory has its own Security of Payments legislation which provides legislative protections for contractors to receive payment for building work performed under a contract. While similar, the State and Territory schemes are different and may operate in slightly different ways.


Alcohol and other drugs in the workplace

Code covered entities must ensure there is an approach to managing drug and alcohol issues in the workplace to help ensure that no person attending the site to perform building work does so under the influence of alcohol or drugs listed in Schedule 4 to the Building Code.


Workplace relations management plans

A Workplace Relations Management Plan (WRMP) is required for certain projects under section 25 of the Building Code.  Tenderers will be advised by the funding entity if a WRMP is required for a particular project.


Freedom of association

To help stakeholders to understand their obligations under the Building Code, the ABCC has developed a table which summarises the requirements relating to freedom of association.


Transitional Arrangements – interaction between Building Code 2013 and Building Code 2016

The Building Code 2013 continues to operate in relation to building work to which it applied prior to 2 December 2016. The Building Code 2016 applies to contractors who submit an EOI or tender for Commonwealth...


Funding entities

The Building Code operates such that only building contractors who are compliant with the Building Code can tender for and enter head contracts for Commonwealth funded building work, subject to certain conditions.


Funding recipients

This page includes documents, forms and contacts relevant to funding recipients.


Building Code resources

The Building Code resources section provides easy access to documents, forms and contact information for the Building Code.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Answers to common questions about the Building Code.



This section includes details of current and previous sanctions.


Need more information?

For further information, advice or assistance please contact the ABCC at 1800 003 338 or