Industry Update

Update: Bill to re-introduce the ABCC


In line with its pre-election commitment, the new government has introduced a Bill into Parliament to re-instate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

If the Bill passes both houses of Parliament, the ABCC will replace FWBC. The ABCC operated from October 2005 until May 2012. FWBC replaced the ABCC from 1 June 2012 and has operated since.

Christopher Pyne MP introduced the Bill to reinstate the ABCC into the House of Representatives on 14 November 2013.

The Bill was referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the same day. The Committee reported back on 3 December, 2013, advising that the Bill be passed.

On 4 December, the Bill was referred to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry. This Committee is due to report back on the Bill by the end of March 2014. The Committee is currently accepting submissions. More information about the inquiry is available here.

Meanwhile, the Bill passed the House of Representatives on 12 December 2013.

Some of the main changes included in the Bill are:

  • higher maximum penalties for people and corporations who break the law;
  • powers for dealing with pickets;
  • jurisdiction will include some offshore projects; and
  • jurisdiction will include the transport or supply of goods to building sites.

More information on the Bill – the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 - is available here.

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