Cathy Cato has commenced in the role of Acting Australian Building and Construction Commissioner.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Commissioner, Cathy was Deputy Commissioner Operations and Code at the ABCC. A lawyer for more than 20 years, Cathy has spent the last 10 years helping to regulate the industry. Cathy’s other recent roles include National Manager Building Code at the ABCC and its predecessor agency and Director of the Victorian Construction Code Compliance Unit.

Cathy will be assisted in her role as Acting Commissioner by Deputy Commissioners Anthony Southall QC and Cliff Pettit.

The ABCC will continue its work to promote an improved workplace relations framework to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively for the benefit of all building industry participants, without distinction, and for the benefit of the Australian economy as a whole.

As well as closely monitoring compliance with the Building Codes and providing education, assistance and advice to building industry participants, the ABCC will build on its successes in matters before the courts that have seen more than $14 million in penalties awarded in matters brought by the ABCC and its predecessor agencies.

Recent penalty decisions continue to highlight the importance of the agency’s work. In particular, earlier this month the Federal Court found that respondents should face penalties in excess of $2.4 million for their conduct on the Barangaroo site in Sydney.

Decisions such as these reinforce the need for the ABCC to maintain its focus on its mission to ensure that the rule of law prevails in the Australian building and construction industry.