Hefty consequences for not complying with ABCC

10 March, 2017

Get all the inside information on the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and what it means for your business straight form the horse’s mouth.

Australian Building and Construction Commission Regional Manager West Clifford Pettit will be one of the guest speakers at the CCI IR Conference on 6 April.

He says the 2016 Building Industry Code is much more comprehensive than the 2013 Code and those in the industry need to be across the changes or face hefty consequences.

 “It (the Code) is significantly bigger and covers a range of new areas and companies are going to be held to account for it, we’ve got an active compliance regime to monitor compliance,” he says.

Pettit, who has been hosting seminars and visiting construction sites to explain the changes, says most questions are around varying agreements and negotiating new agreements before the September deadline.

“The process itself is pretty much the same; I think how hard it is to comply in terms of their agreement is almost geography specific, so in the eastern states where the unions are already on the record as saying they are going to extract what they can through their negotiation process; but I haven’t heard the same sort of things coming out of the west.”

Despite publicity surrounding the ABCC, Pettit says it’s no surprise that some in the industry have not heard about it.

“Most of the big ones are members of things like the Australian Construction Association, the Master Builders or they have enough internal capacity that they have found it out themselves but the further down the tiers you go, the less they’ve heard about it,” he says.

“In the end they want to get on with building buildings, that’s their main work. I completely understand the IR side of things is not front of mind for a lot of them.”

“But the consequences of breaching the code include being banned from tendering for any Commonwealth Government work for up to 12 months, so that’s a pretty massive sanction particularly for the head contractors because they could miss out on a couple of billion dollars’ worth of work, so you probably don’t want to do that.”