17 Nov 2017

High Court Update: Union officials must hold a valid federal right of entry permit when entering under State or Territory OHS laws

The High Court today refused special leave to CFMEU official Michael Powell and the Victorian WorkCover Authority to appeal against a Full Federal Court ruling that officials of federally registered unions must hold valid right of entry permits under the Fair Work Act when entering sites under State or Territory OHS laws.
Media Release
10 Nov 2017

CFMEU penalised $54,500 after demanding Qld workers join the union

The CFMEU and two of its officials have been penalised $54,500 after attempting to force workers to join the union at a major Central Queensland construction site. 
Industry update
6 Nov 2017

Industry Update September - October 2017

Welcome to the September - October 2017 edition of Industry update, our bi-monthly online newsletter.  Industry Update provides updates on the latest activities of the ABCC, industry trends, and emerging issues.
Media Release
30 Oct 2017

Maximum penalty against CFMEU for work stoppages at Commonwealth Games site

The Federal Court has imposed a maximum penalty against the CFMEU after it repeatedly stopped work on a $126 million Commonwealth Games project on the Gold Coast. In a penalty decision, Justice Reeves said the cost impact of the ongoing disruptions at the Carrara Sports and Recreation project had been estimated at over $700,000.
Media Release
23 Oct 2017

CFMEU to pay $98,000 in the Vic ‘chuck him on a train, send him home’ case

The CFMEU and one of its officers have been ordered to pay $98,000 in penalties after blocking a non-union member from working on a Melbourne construction site and coercing another to pay outstanding union fees before letting him start on the job.
Media Release
19 Oct 2017

Qld judge labels CFMEU: ‘most recidivist corporate offender in Australian history’

A Court has labelled the CFMEU as “the most recidivist corporate offender in Australian history” while handing down the maximum available penalty of $306,000 after the union breached workplace laws.
28 Sep 2017

Acting Commissioner appointed

Cathy Cato has commenced in the role of Acting Australian Building and Construction Commissioner.
Media Release
14 Sep 2017

Court orders $145,950 in penalties over unlawful industrial action at NT gas project

The Federal Court today handed down penalties totalling $145,950 in relation to unlawful action that halted work at the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin.
Media Release
13 Sep 2017

Court to impose maximum penalties of over $1 million for “worse union behaviour” and refers CFMEU officials to DPP for investigation into false testimony

The Federal Court has today imposed maximum penalties on the CFMEU and penalised a number of senior officials, including the State Secretary, Brian Parker for unlawful conduct at the Barangaroo site in Sydney.
Media Release
5 Sep 2017

Brisbane firm penalised after terminating contract to avoid trouble with CFMEU

A Brisbane landscaping firm has been penalised more than $40,000 after it terminated the contract of another company which did not have a CFMEU EBA because it did not want “trouble” with the union.