In response to queries, the ABCC provides the following guidance to code covered entities on their obligations under section 16 of the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

Section 16 of the Code does not require any action to be taken where an employer has authorised the absence of their workers.

We encourage employers to record in writing any authorisation or permission given to employees to be absent from work.

Whether an employer gives permission or authorises employees to be absent (to attend rallies or otherwise) is a matter for the employer and their workforces.