The Australian Building and Construction Commission appeared before the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee at the 2016-17 Additional Estimates hearing on 2 March 2017.

Senate Estimates hearings allow our elected parliamentarians to scrutinise the work of the government and its agencies, including the ABCC.

In his opening statement to the Committee, Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss focused on how the organisation was getting on with the job of transitioning from FWBC to the ABCC.  This included outlining to the Committee progress made in taking on board new responsibilities such as wages and entitlements, and the agency’s new role in relation to security of payments.

There was also a strong focus around the implementation of the new Building Code. Senior officials explained the agency’s preparedness and steps being taken to deal with requests for assessments of enterprise agreements for compliance with the Code.

The ABCC also responded to questions about recent legal cases which had resulted in successful penalty decisions handed down by the courts against unions and employers for non-compliance with workplace laws.

Nigel’s full opening address can be accessed here.