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Building Code Compliance

The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (2016 Code) came into operation on 2 December 2016. The 2016 Code is a national code of practice and sets out the Commonwealth Government’s expected standards for all building industry participants, including both head contractors and subcontractors, who are (or seek to be) involved in any Commonwealth-funded building work.

An entity will become subject to the 2016 Code when it submits an expression of interest or tender for Commonwealth-funded building work. The entity then becomes a “Code-covered entity”. The 2016 Code imposes a number of obligations on code covered entities in respect of both Commonwealth funded projects and other projects, including in relation to:

  • The content of enterprise agreements;
  • Security of payment practices and reporting;
  • Freedom of association;
  • Union right of entry;
  • Sham contracting;
  • Collusive practices;
  • The engagement of non-citizens or non-residents;
  • Drug and alcohol testing; and
  • Workplace Relations Management Plans.

Master Builders SA can assist members with understanding their obligations under the Building Code and liaising with the Australian Building and Construction Commission as required.

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