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.
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