November 2012 Industry Update

FWBC’s first Annual Report tabled in Parliament

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns outlined the Agency’s achievements, as well as goals and vision for the future, in the first FWBC Annual Report, which was tabled on 31 October 2012.

The Annual Report contains two volumes. The first volume introduces FWBC and sets out the performance data from its first month of operation. The second volume reports on the work of FWBC’s predecessor, the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, and its performance during the 11 months of operation in the 2011-2012 financial year.

FWBC enforces workplace relations laws in the building and construction industry and encourages compliance with those laws through the provision of education, assistance and advice.

In the Report’s foreword, FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns stated:

“FWBC’s object to encourage harmonious practices obliges us to support industry participants in finding common ground with employers, employees and their representatives in workplace issues, as well as to undertake the hard compliance for which the former regulator was well known.

“It is through taking this ‘long-view’ approach to compliance that FWBC will contribute to industry in a lasting way, beyond the band-aid approach of a regulator focused entirely on the ‘now’.

“FWBC does not just expect industry participants to be cooperative, harmonious and productive. But through patient, diligent and ethical work, I am confident that we can make a lasting difference in this industry, for the benefit of all Australians.”

During its first month of operation, FWBC:

  • visited 316 construction sites;

  • investigated 271 contraventions of Commonwealth workplace laws;

  • recovered $60,109 in unpaid wages and entitlements;

  • delivered 25 presentations to a total of 379 attendees and

  • had 26 active penalty proceedings.

Further information:
FWBC Annual Report

 

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