Building work

The BCIIP Act gives a relatively broad definition of 'building work'. It covers a number of things:

  • Any of the following activities when relating to buildings, structures or works that, permanently or not, form (or are to form) part of the land:
    • construction
    • alteration
    • extension
    • restoration
    • repair
    • demolition
    • dismantling.
  • The same activities listed above, when relating to railways (not including rolling stock) and docks.
  • The installation of fittings in any building, structure or works that form (or are to form) part of land, such as:
    • heating
    • lighting
    • air-conditioning
    • ventilation
    • power supply
    • drainage
    • sanitation
    • water supply
    • fire protection
    • security
    • communications systems.
  • Any operation that is part of any of the work described above, including:
    • site clearance, earth-moving, excavation, tunnelling or boring
    • the laying of foundations
    • the erection, maintenance or dismantling of scaffolding
    • the on-site prefabrication of made to-order components to form part of any building, structure or works
    • site restoration, landscaping or the provision of roadways and other access works.
  • Transporting or supplying goods to be used in any of the work described above directly to building sites.

The Code applies the definition of building work in the BCIIP Act with two exceptions. The following types of building work are not subject to the Code:

  • the off-site prefabrication of made-to-order components to form part of any building, structure or works, unless that work is performed on an auxiliary or holding site that is separate from the primary construction site or sites.
  • the transportation or supply of goods to be used for any of the work mentioned above (in the BCIIP Act definition of 'building work'), directly to building sites (including any resources platform) where that work is being or may be performed.
Legal Case
The ABCC commenced court action on 8 September 2022 against the New South Wales division of the CFMMEU and five of its officials over their alleged actions during a picket at a Newcastle building site in October 2021.
14 September 2022
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The ABCC has taken court action against the New South Wales division of the CFMMEU and five of its officials over their alleged actions during a picket at a Newcastle building site in October 2021.
14 September 2022
Legal Case
The ABCC commenced legal action on 19 August 2022 against New South Wales based company Ground Zero Excavations and Haulage Pty Ltd alleging it failed to comply with a compliance notice requiring it to pay outstanding wages to two employees.
13 September 2022
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The ABCC has commenced legal action against New South Wales based company Ground Zero Excavations and Haulage Pty Ltd alleging it failed to comply with a compliance notice requiring it to pay outstanding wages to two employees.
13 September 2022
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The Federal Court has today penalised the CFMMEU and three of its of representatives $495,000 after they organised unlawful industrial action at the Melbourne University Veterinary School project site.
12 September 2022
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On 2 September 2022, the Fair Work Commission refused the CFMMEU’s application to renew the federal entry permit of its Queensland official Dean Rielly. The Fair Work Commission found Mr Rielly was not a fit and proper person to hold a federal entry permit.
5 September 2022
Legal Case
The ABCC commenced Federal Circuit and Family Court action on 1 September 2022 against the CFMMEU, CEPU and two officials following alleged right of entry breaches at the 264-apartment residential tower project at 443 Queen Street Brisbane.
5 September 2022
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The ABCC has started Federal Circuit and Family Court action against the CFMMEU, CEPU and two officials following alleged right of entry breaches at the 264-apartment residential tower project at 443 Queen Street Brisbane.
5 September 2022
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The Federal Circuit and Family Court has penalised seven employees of J Hutchinson Pty Ltd $5,500 each after they admitted to engaging in unlawful industrial action when they walked off the job during construction of the Queen Street Village in Southport in June 2021.
2 September 2022
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The Full Federal Court today upheld the ABCC’s appeal against a July 2021 judgment in which the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) was found to have organised a two-day strike at the OneSteel manufacturing plant in Noble Park in October 2018.
29 August 2022