Industry update
16 Aug 2022

Industry Update August 2022

Read about significant changes to the Building Code, our latest court matters, and the most popular topics coming up on our hotline and website.
Media Release
5 Aug 2022

$114,000 in penalties ordered against CFMMEU and two officials after disrupting works on the Pacific Hwy upgrade

The Federal Circuit and Family Court has penalised the CFMMEU and two of its officials $114,660 for hindering and obstructing contractors during construction of the $4.9 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade project near Grafton in northern New South Wales.
Media Release
4 Aug 2022

CFMMEU official accused of threatening and abusive behaviour at NSW construction site

The ABCC has commenced legal action against the CFMMEU and its official, Arron Platt, alleging that the official used threatening and offensive language towards site management while exercising his right of entry at the Woolworths Warehouse and Distribution Centre project in Auburn, New South Wales.
Media Release
29 Jul 2022

Judge describes CFMMEU as “greatest recidivist offenders in Australian corporate history”, imposes maximum penalties on Cross River Rail project

The Federal Circuit and Family Court has penalised the CFMMEU and two of its officials $151,200 following right of entry breaches on the $5.4 billion Queensland Cross River Rail project.
27 Jul 2022

Major changes to the Building Code

On Monday 25 July 2022, the Government registered a legislative instrument called the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work Amendment Instrument 2022 (Amended Code). The Amended Code took effect on 26 July 2022.
21 Jul 2022

$5.1 million in payments recovered last financial year for subcontractors under the Building Code

The ABCC assisted subcontractors to recover over $5.1 million in delayed or unpaid progress claims during the 2021-2022 financial year.
Media Release
8 Jul 2022

Andrew Blakeley banned from holding entry permit for 12 months

The Fair Work Commission has revoked the federal entry permit of Queensland CFMMEU official Andrew Blakeley and banned him from holding a permit for 12 months. This decision follows a previous decision of the Commission to suspend Mr Blakeley’s permit for 3 months.
Media Release
4 Jul 2022

Premeditated unlawful picket in SA leads to $384,000 in penalties

The Federal Court has penalised the CFMMEU and its SA state secretary Andrew Sutherland $227,000 for their involvement in an unlawful picket in October 2019 during construction of the $27 million East Terrace apartments.
Industry update
23 Jun 2022

Industry Update June 2022

In this edition of Industry Update we revisit the Respect@Work Report and explore what actions you can take to ensure your workplace is in line with the recommendations. We also answer industry questions following the 2022 federal election, provide litigation news and more.
Media Release
23 Jun 2022

CEPU and official penalised $72,000 for acting in an improper manner at Sunshine Coast construction site

The Federal Circuit and Family Court has penalised the CEPU and its official Daniel Bessell $72,000 after Mr Bessell was found to have acted in an improper manner by failing to comply with site occupational health and safety requireme