March - April 2016 Industry Update

Message from the Director

Welcome to the March and April edition of FWBC’s Industry Update, covering the agency’s actions from 1 March to 30 April 2016.

In this edition, our usual wrap up of FWBC’s action in the Fair Work Commission and the courts over the past two months includes the major outcome secured by the agency in April, when the Federal Court handed down $937,100 in penalties on the CFMEU for undertaking unlawful conduct on building sites across Adelaide. As I said at the time, while the ruling was welcome, the result reflects poorly on the state of the industry.

I reiterated these comments at an address to the Australian Industry Group conference in Canberra on May 2, where I highlighted that despite being proficient and effective in prosecuting breaches of workplace laws through the courts, FWBC has not been effective in changing the culture within the construction industry.

You can access a transcript of this address here.

As of 18 May 2016, any new enterprise agreements entered into by building contractors or building industry participants need to be compliant with the current Building Code 2013 in order for contractors to be eligible for work on future Commonwealth funded construction projects. FWBC’s role in assessing new enterprise agreements made on or after 18 May 2016 for compliance with the Code is covered in this edition.

This edition also includes useful information on the appropriate avenues for managing and resolving concerns about wages and entitlements through the Fair Work Ombudsman.

If you have any industry-related ideas you’d be interested in hearing about, please send us your direct feedback via the contact details below.

FWBC website: www.fwbc.gov.au

FWBC Hotline: 1800 003 338

Direct feedback contact: Yasmin at media[at]fwbc.gov.au

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