The ABCC remains open to assist the building and construction industry

The ABCC understands that the current COVID-19 pandemic presents significant challenges for all building industry participants. The ABCC remains available and responsive to assist if industrial issues arise on your construction site, including providing advice and assistance about:

  • the rights of employees to be paid or access leave when they can’t work due to COVID-19
  • how employers covered by the Building Code 2016 can continue to comply with their obligations
  • any other general information relating to workplace laws. 

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

ABCC Inspectors are available to visit your site or office, if you require 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.

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.

We encourage employees and employers to work together to find appropriate solutions that suit the needs of individual workplaces and staff. This may include taking different forms of leave, or taking extra precautions in the workplace.

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

Employees should contact their employer immediately if they are unable to attend work because they can’t return from overseas or are required to enter quarantine because of the coronavirus.

You can find up-to-date information on quarantine requirements on the Department of Health’s website.

For information about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you’re affected by the outbreak of coronavirus, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.