Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 406. Updated Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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New Guidelines nail building rules

A new set of Guidelines has been issued for Departments and Agencies funding building works to complement the newly-released Building and Construction Industry Code.

The Department of Employment has prepared the Supporting Guidelines for

Commonwealth Funding Entities to assist Agencies understand how the Building Code will affect them and their Commonwealth procurement obligations.

The Building Code and Guidelines are intended to use the Australian

Government's purchasing power to promote best practice and ensure compliance with all legal obligations imposed on building contractors and building industry participants.

Help for Agencies funding works

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz said: "It is important that contractors that want to work on projects funded by the taxpayer have the ability to operate efficiently and flexibly to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget."

The Guidelines assist Funding Entities to interpret and implement aspects of the Building Code; detail monitoring and reporting processes; and detail the processes to be used to determine whether a sanction should be imposed for a breach of the Code.

Senator Abetz said contractors who do not comply with the Code's content requirements for enterprise agreements won't be able to work on Commonwealth-funded projects.

Contractors will be covered, prospectively, from the first time they tender for Commonwealth-funded building work after the new code commences.

"Once a contractor is covered by the Code, it will be required to act consistently with it, including on future privately funded work," he said.

The Code will apply to enterprise agreements made after 24 April 2014.

The Guidelines can be accessed at this PS News link.

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