Industry update
8 Dec 2021

Industry Update - December 2021 Edition

The December edition of Industry Update is our 2021 legal retrospective, with case studies of the most common contraventions, including right of entry, coercion, wages and entitlements, and much more.
Media Release
1 Dec 2021

ABCC recovers more than $1 million in workers’ wages in past 5 months

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has recovered wages in excess of $1 million for more than 2,300 employees in the past five months. This takes total wage recoveries, since the ABCC was established in December 2016, to more than $4,000,000.
Media Release
30 Nov 2021

CFMMEU campaign targeting NSW crane companies tops $2m

The Federal Court has today penalised the CFMMEU and two of its officials $554,600 after finding they targeted Newcastle crane company Wheeler Cranes because it did not have an enterprise agreement with the union.
Media Release
29 Nov 2021

ABCC publishes Code non-compliance by NSW company RMA Construction Group Pty Ltd

The ABCC Commissioner has published details of NSW based company RMA Construction Group Pty Ltd’s non-compliance with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Cth) (the Code) after it failed to pay a subcontractor on time and breached security of payment laws.
Media Release
26 Nov 2021

ABCC commences action against CFMMEU and officials for alleged illegal picket of WA construction yard

The ABCC has taken court action against the CFMMEU and two of its officials after they allegedly took part in an unlawful picket at a Balcatta company’s construction yard on 3 May 2021.
Media Release
25 Nov 2021

CFMMEU held to account over officials’ improper conduct on Perth’s Doubletree Hilton site

The Federal Court has penalised the CFMMEU $23,000 following the union admitting to a breach of the Fair Work Act through the actions of two of its officials during construction of Perth’s Doubletree Hilton Hotel.
Media Release
17 Nov 2021

CFMMEU officials accused of disrupting major freeway project - striking health and safety manager

The ABCC is taking court action against the CFMMEU and three officials after they allegedly directed workers to stop work, prevented concrete pours, abused health and safety officers and struck a health and safety manager at the Mordialloc Freeway project site in 2020.
Industry update
16 Nov 2021

Industry Update - November 2021 Edition

The November issue of Industry Update puts a spotlight on sexual harassment in the construction industry by sharing key statistics, case studies, and findings of the Respect@Work report. Learn about the Fair Work Commission's new powers, including what they mean for building industry participants and how to access them if you experience sexual harassment.
12 Nov 2021

Fair Work Commission introduces stop sexual harassment orders

In September 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 containing the first part of legislative reforms recommended in the Respect@Work report.
Media Release
8 Nov 2021

Construction worker who faced “wrath of the giant CFMEU” awarded $67,000 following attempted coercion to re-join union

Heiko Constructions Pty Ltd, a Queensland construction company, has been ordered to pay a former worker $60,000 in penalties and $7,000 in compensation after attempting to coerce its then worker to re-join the CFMMEU.