Workplace relations management plans

A Workplace Relations Management Plan (WRMP) is required by the head contractor on most Commonwealth funded building projects, under Section 25 of the Code.

When issuing EOI or tender documents, funding entities and funding recipients must ensure that a requirement to have a WRMP approved by the ABCC is included when either:

  • the Commonwealth’s contribution to the project that contains building work is $5 million or more and this represents at least 50% of the total construction project value

  • the Commonwealth contributes $10 million or more, regardless of what percentage of the total construction project value that represents.

If you’re a subcontractor being engaged by another contractor for Commonwealth funded building work on a project that requires a WRMP, you are not required to submit a WRMP. However you will be required to comply with the head contractor’s WRMP on the project.

What is a WRMP?

A WRMP is a comprehensive plan that outlines how a tenderer will comply practically with the Code on a particular project. The requirements for a WRMP are contained in Section 32 of the Code.

A WRMP must explain a head contractor’s proposed systems, processes and procedures to:

  • clearly and effectively communicate how the Code requirements apply to all building industry participants on site

  • promote a fair, lawful, efficient and productive workplace

  • deliver the project on time and within budget.

A WRMP must address the matters listed in Schedule 3 of the Code that are contained in the WRMP Form.

A WRMP must also include:

  • a Fitness for Work policy to manage alcohol and other drugs in the workplace that covers the matters set out in Schedule 4 of the Code

  • details of the processes to ensure that security of payment laws and other requirements will be adhered to throughout the life of the project. 

Find out more about Fitness for Work policies.

Are there any resources to help me prepare my WRMP?

To help ensure that your WRMP meets the requirements of the Code, follow the instruction sheet and complete the WRMP form.

Download the WRMP form instruction sheet: (PDF - 168KB).

Download the WRMP form: (Word -115KB | PDF - 1.5MB).

How does the ABCC assess my WRMP?

If you’re a contractor submitting a tender to a funding entity or funding recipient for Commonwealth funded building work, the request for tender will ask you to submit a WRMP if the project is within the threshold in Schedule 2.

You can’t submit your WRMP directly to the ABCC. This ensures that communication about your WRMP is conducted through the tender process, which maintains the integrity of that process.

It’s the responsibility of the funding entity or funding recipient to provide your WRMP to us—all you have to do is make sure it’s included in your tender.

When reviewing your WRMP, we’ll communicate directly with the funding entity or funding recipient. When we finish our assessment, we’ll provide the funding entity or funding recipient with a detailed assessment record, which will indicate whether it’s been approved.

If we don’t approve your WRMP, the funding entity or funding recipient may ask you to update it, based on the recommendations we provide. Once you update your WRMP, you should resubmit it to the funding entity or funding recipient (not to us), and the process will be repeated.

The Code provides that a funding entity must not enter into a contract unless the contractor has an approved WRMP.

A funding recipient is encouraged as a matter of best practice, but not required to obtain approval from the ABCC for a respondent’s WRMP prior to awarding a tender to the respondent.

 

Need more information?

For further information, advice or assistance please contact the ABCC at 1800 003 338 or enquiry@abcc.gov.au.