My priority since I was appointed Commissioner in February has been to engage with building industry participants about what is happening in the industry and on building sites throughout Australia.

This has allowed me to gain a more informed appreciation and practical insight into the issues facing the industry, and the challenges my agency needs to address to ensure it is able to deliver as a full-service regulator.

In this Industry Update you will read about recent court outcomes including an important High Court ruling on personal payment orders. Litigation outcomes are critical to restoring the rule of law in our industry.

I want to continue to work with industry to ensure they understand their obligations and strictly comply with them. Approximately 70 per cent of the 5500 enquiries my agency receives each year relates to the Building Code.  We stand ready to advise and assist industry on their rights and obligations arising under designated building laws and the Building Code.

The ABCC will roll out two key education campaigns this year:

  • security of payments; and
  • wages and entitlements.

The Security of Payments Working Group established under section 32A of the BCIIP Act has greatly assisted the ABCC in devising and refining its proposed education campaign for security of payments. There is an important role for my agency to play in educating participants about their rights and responsibilities – and I consider this an area we can fulfil an important education objective.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the response I’ve received from the industry since my appointment. I am gratified by the positive feedback on the ABCC’s performance. We will continue to discharge our mandate as a full service regulator in a professional, impartial and apolitical manner.

Stephen McBurney
ABC Commissioner