Avoid a Commonwealth work ban

This Fact Sheet can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Businesses will be banned from Commonwealth-funded work if they don’t act NOW to meet the requirements of Building Code 2016.

Changes to the Building Code 2016 expected to be passed next week will prevent businesses with non-compliant enterprise agreements from winning work on any Commonwealth-funded project from 1 September 2017. Decisions made today will determine your pipeline of work in seven months’ time.

Your Enterprise Agreements need to comply with Building Code 2016 by 1 September 2016

If you have a current or expired enterprise agreement that has not been renegotiated you can still tender for Commonwealth-funded work until 1 September 2017.

However, you will not be awarded any Commonwealth-funded work after that date if you do not have a Code-compliant enterprise agreement that avoids clauses now prohibited by the Code.

What can I do to make sure I am Code-compliant?

Our Industrial Relations team will help confirm your compliance, help negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement or explore options to review your current Agreement. They can also provide timely advice and representation on right of entry actions and other industrial matters.

These amendments are yet to be passed by the Senate and there remains the possibility that further changes will be made to secure passage. Our Industrial Relations team remains the best source of information on the laws you need to meet – and the best way of managing that process.

Contact our Industrial Relations team on 08 8122 4990, by email at IR@mbasa.com.au or visit industrial-relations.

Working with the Australian Building and Construction Commission

Master Builders SA works closely with the ABCC, which has received additional powers and responsibilities under the Act. We fully expect the ABCC to increase its focus on Code-compliance in coming months, and can help members meet the new demands.

It usually takes months to complete a new Code-compliant Enterprise Agreement. Contact our team today so you don’t get banned from future Commonwealth work.