Australian Government Building and Construction Workplace Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you intend to tender for contracts to conduct building work for Australian Government agencies.

All head contractors must hold accreditation to enter into Australian Government directly and indirectly funded building and construction contracts valued at $4 million or more (for direct funding) or $6 million (for indirect funding) or more. Accreditation includes listing on the Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) register.

Building work includes work on:

  • Buildings, structures or works that form part of land;
  • Railways and docks;
  • Fit-outs;
  • Preparatory / finishing operations; or
  • Multi-dwelling residential developments.

Building work does not include work focused on obtaining oil, natural gas or minerals, or domestic housing work.

Some exemptions will apply under certain government construction programs.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this accreditation you must:

  • Demonstrate ability to manage construction hazards and high risk activities;
  • Have a good record in relation to workplace safety;
  • Provide on-site audit results;
  • Demonstrate senior management commitment to WHS;
  • Demonstrate integration of safe design principles into the risk management process;
  • Show whole of project WHS consultation and communication;
  • Demonstrate effective subcontractor WHS management arrangements across building and construction projects;
  • Show whole of project performance measurement; and
  • Have completed relevant WHS training and competency on dealing with safety risks.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years. Companies seeking re-accreditation can then be granted an accreditation period of up to 6 years.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Employment
Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

Act(s) name

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

Regulation(s) name

Fair Work (Building Industry - Accreditation Scheme) Regulations 2005 (Australian Government)

Contact details

FSC Assist
Department of Employment
Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

Operating address:
Level 1
10 Mort Street
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
GPO Box 9880
Australian Capital Territory 2601



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