What should I do if industrial action happens on my site?

If you’re a code covered entity undertaking Commonwealth funded building work you must:

  • notify the ABCC of any actual or threatened protected or unprotected industrial action by your employees that occurs on your work site
  • make this notification as soon as practicable, but no later than 24 hours after becoming aware of the threat or action.

If you’re a code covered entity undertaking any building work you must:

  • notify the ABCC of any actual or threatened unprotected industrial action by your employees that occurs on your work site
  • make this notification as soon as practicable, but no later than 24 hours after becoming aware of the threat or action.

If you’re a code covered entity, you must also, to the extent reasonably practicable, take steps to prevent or bring an end to unprotected industrial action taken by your employees (whether or not the work is Commonwealth funded building work). What is reasonably practicable in any given situation will depend on a wide range of factors, but may include taking legal action in the FWC or a court.

Please note that you aren’t required to agree to any demand, claim or threat that’s made as part of unprotected industrial action.

A code covered entity must also report any request or demand by a building association that the code covered entity engage in conduct that appears to be for the purposes of a secondary boycott, as soon as practicable but no later than 24 hours after the request or demand is made.

How do I report an instance of industrial action?

To report an actual or threatened industrial action to the ABCC, please email codereporting@abcc.gov.au