Case name
Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Michael Ravbar & Ors
Known as
Legacy Way and Port Connect
Commonwealth Courts Portal reference and link


Australian Building and Construction Commissioner
Respondent(s) at time of filing
CFMMEU, Michael Ravbar, Peter Close, Steve Toyer, Andrew Sutherland
Date filed
24 November 2016
Breach(es) found
Coercion, Discrimination
Link to liability judgment

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Ravbar [2018] FCA 1196 (10 August 2018)

Summary of court decision

The ABCC* alleged the CFMMEU, its Queensland State Secretary Michael Ravbar and an official Andrew Sutherland, took unlawful action to coerce a crane company into entering into an enterprise agreement with the CFMMEU.

On 10 August 2018, the Court delivered its liability decision: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Ravbar [2018] FCA 1196.

The Federal Court found that in October 2012 Mr Ravbar directed organisers present at a CFMMEU organisers’ meeting to follow cranes from the crane company’s yard and stop them from operating when they arrived at their destination.

The Court also found that Mr Sutherland had parked a car behind a crane which blocked it from operating at a building project. Justice Reeves found that the conduct contravened the adverse action, coercion and discrimination provisions of the Fair Work Act.

The Court dismissed the remaining alleged contraventions and proceedings against the second and fourth respondents.

*This matter was originally filed by Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC). On 2 December 2016, FWBC became the ABCC.