Industry Update

Message from the Director

It has been a very busy few months at Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC).


We have put several new cases before the courts in recent months, which you can read more about in the ‘New FWBC cases in court’ section of this Industry Update.


A number of court cases have also been finalised since the last update, in some cases resulting in large penalties from the courts. A particularly large outcome was a half a million fine for the CFMEU and its officials for coercion on a Brisbane construction site. There is more information on this case in a dedicated article ‘Court fines CFMEU and officials $545,000’. And you can read about the other recent court outcomes in the ‘Finalised FWBC Court cases’ section of this Industry Update.


In other news, the Australian Parliament recently voted to extend FWBC’s compulsory powers by two years. The powers, which were due to expire on 31 May, have been instrumental to investigating claims of intimidation and unlawfulness in the construction industry. You can learn more about the powers in this issue of Industry Update in the article ‘Compulsory powers extended’.


FWBC now has a number of great resources to help keep all building and construction industry participants understand their rights and responsibilities and to stay in touch with FWBC’s work. To learn about the tools available, and which one might best suit you, go to the ‘FWBC resources to help you’ section of this update.


Also in this Industry Update we have some information to help you understand your rights and responsibilities relating to Strike Pay and the Building Code. The article also has a link to some resources to help you share this important information with others.


If you have any ideas or topics that you would like to see in Industry Update or if you would like to provide us with feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact details below.


Until next time,


Nigel Hadgkiss

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