Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Building Code) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you are a builder, building contractor or building industry participant undertaking building work that is:

  • On Commonwealth or Territory property; or
  • Funded by the Commonwealth Government.

The code includes requirements such as:

  • General responsibilities such as dealing with industrial action and implementating Work Health and Safety Plans;
  • Compliance with laws, decisions, directions and orders;
  • Payments;
  • Workplace arrangements;
  • Engagement of non-citizens or non-residents as building contractors;
  • Freedom of association; and
  • Dispute settlement procedures.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

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Administering agency

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Act(s) name

Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries, Australian Building and Construction Commission
Australian Building and Construction Commission

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9927
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Toll Free:

1800 003 338

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