Welcome to the July-August 2017 edition of the ABCC’s Industry Update, covering the activities of the Australian Building and Construction Commission during the last two months.

From today, contractors seeking Commonwealth funded building work will need to ensure that they and their related entities are covered by enterprise agreements that comply with the Building Code 2016, unless they are covered by an exemption.  This edition of the Industry Update has more information on the changes and what they mean for contractors, with advice on online resources.

Our wrap-up of finalised matters in the courts sets out two significant decisions in Brisbane.  In one of these cases, $430,000 in penalties were handed down against the CFMEU and CEPU after unlawful action at key public projects including the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the Commonwealth Games Velodrome.  As I said at the time, the ABCC remains committed to bringing to an end the flagrant disregard for the law shown by certain elements of the building industry, whether employers, employees or unions.

The last two months have seen the ABCC launch two new matters in the courts involving alleged contraventions in Melbourne and Perth.  There have also been two important decisions relating to Right of Entry Permit matters in the Fair Work Commission. You will find summaries of these outcomes in this edition.

As always, if you are seeking information or advice we encourage you to visit our website, contact us via 1800 003 338 or by email at

Nigel Hadgkiss
ABCC Commissioner