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Issue 365 - 14 February 2013

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Rebuke on building code

The federal government has been criticised for its handling of the Building Code 2013.

The code started at the beginning of February and has been issued under the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012. It includes WHS among other obligations.

Several employer associations say the government failed to consult with them over the code, which codifies existing obligations in the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry—May 2012. But no new obligations have been created.

Building contractors who are constitutional corporations and building industry participants who carry out work on Commonwealth-funded building and construction projects are required to comply with the code.

In a joint media statement, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Master Builders Australia and other associations say the code was published two days before it started and was promulgated without the necessary discussions with industry.

They say the code presents “practical and legal difficulties for businesses and sub-contractors who tender for both federal and state government work given the unilateral decision of the Gillard government to try and override state government procurement guidelines”.

These issues now need to be addressed after the fact, they add.

For more details, see the code and employer associations

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