The ABCC remains open to assist the building and construction industry

Building and construction in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

You can find the latest information on restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October, the building and construction industry in Metropolitan Melbourne will move to the ‘Open with a COVIDSafe Plan’ stage. 

High-Risk COVIDSafe Plans

The building and construction industry has been removed from the “high-risk” industry list, meaning that there is no longer a requirement to have a high-risk COVIDSafe plan.  However, a COVIDSafe plan is still required for businesses operating in building and construction. 

Key changes in the construction industry that apply from 28 October are listed below.

Small scale construction (including renovations of unoccupied homes)

  • Worker number limits removed.

  • Restrictions on movement between sites for workers and specialist contractors no longer apply.

  • Pre-contract works on occupied homes (such as site measurements) can occur, where it is possible to create a physical barrier between workers and occupants, or the occupier can temporarily vacate the premises for the duration of the works.

  • The opening of the retail industry will also assist clients in determining material selections.

Large scale construction

  • Worker number limits removed (no more 85% limit).

  • Restrictions on movement between sites for specialist contractors no longer apply.

Early stage land development

  • Worker number limits removed.

ABCC Hotline

The ABCC Hotline (1800 003 338) remains open from 7am to 6pm (AET) and we encourage you to call if you have any questions. Alternatively, you can contact us via our website.

Site visits

ABCC Inspectors are available to visit building sites or workplaces, if you need assistance. Like everyone, ABCC staff will be taking all necessary and reasonable precautions to minimise the spread of COVID-19. This includes when they are on site. 

Generally, our Inspectors will provide you with notice before attending your site, to ensure that any face-to-face meetings can be undertaken as safely as possible.

Wherever possible, the ABCC Inspectors will explore with you how best to provide assistance without needing to resort to face-to-face meetings

Flexibility in workplace laws

JobKeeper Payment Scheme

The JobKeeper payment scheme has been extended until 28 March 2021. 

Information about the operation of the JobKeeper Payment is available on the ATO website.

JobKeeper changes in the Fair Work Act

On 1 September 2020 legislation was passed to extend the JobKeeper scheme. As part of this, the JobKeeper provisions in the Fair Work Act were also extended with some changes. The extended provisions take effect from 28 September 2020 until 28 March 2021. 

Information about JobKeeper changes in the Fair Work Act is available on the Fair Work Ombudsman website

COVID-19 – Your health and safety

Please visit the Australian Government website for the latest information on COVID-19, including requirements and conditions for quarantine periods.

If you require information about COVID-19 itself, please visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.

If you have an issue relating to safety on your site, including in relation to COVID-19, please contact the relevant state or territory safety regulator.

Other helpful links:

Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

Safe Work Australia - Construction guidance material

COVID-19 and the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016

We are here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the Code) during the COVID-19 outbreak

The Code continues to apply to code covered entities in relation to their building work. The ABCC is here to provide advice and assistance to code covered entities during this time

For more information on the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016, visit our FAQ page.

Helpful links

Please visit the Australian Government website for the latest information on the virus, including requirements and conditions for quarantine periods.

If you require information about COVID-19 itself, please visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.

If you have an issue relating to safety on your site, including in relation to COVID-19, please contact the relevant state or territory safety regulator.