As a result of the agency’s work over the past 12 months it is now easier for building industry participants to work efficiently and meet their responsibilities. A number of new resources and initiatives were launched this year to promote fairness and improve efficiencies while reducing red tape. The following are some of this year’s improvements to better support building industry participants.
- Information at your fingertips – employees, site managers, union officials and employers have access to information when they need it on site thanks to the new ABCC On Site app. Written in plain, easy to understand language the app steps users through a range of common scenarios that can occur on a building site. Since its launch on 30 June, 4,429 people have used the new app. Feedback from users and an independent app reviewer has been incredibly positive.
- Helping subcontractors get paid for their work – to assist subcontractors, a new reporting obligation commenced on 1 September that requires all disputed and delayed payments to subcontractors to be reported to the ABCC as soon as practicable after the payment due date. Under the new reporting obligation the ABCC now treats any failure to report disputed or delayed payments as a breach of the Code. The new requirement was announced off the back of the ABCC’s security of payments campaign in July aimed at creating awareness of payment obligations and rights under the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.
- More accessible resources – the ABCC launched its new website in October making it easier for building industry participants to find resources and information they need quickly and easily. The website features new easy to understand content, including more about wages and entitlements, your rights on site and the building code.
- Easier tendering for building work – tenderers now have access to a new streamlined form to ensure their Workplace Relations Management Plan (WRMP) is compliant. Most sections of the form contain pre-approved examples so the effort required by head contractors for developing WRMPs is greatly reduced.
- Helping workers receive their correct entitlements – the ABCC has increased its resources in this important area with more staff conducting wage and entitlements audits across the sector.
- Speedier assessments of enterprise agreements – ABCC reforms, including user friendly guidance material in relation to enterprise agreement clauses for contractors, and a focus on greater efficiencies has seen approval times for assessing enterprise agreements for compliance with the Code decreasing to on average just three weeks.