Construction Work Code of Practice - Australian Capital Territory


You will be required to comply with this code of practice if you intend to carry out construction work. Construction work is can be any commercial, civil or housing construction work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure.

This Code of Practice is a Compliance Code. Compliance Codes are made to provide practical guidance to persons who have occupational health and safety duties or obligations. Compliance with this Code of Practice is not mandatory. Failure to comply with a Compliance Code does not give rise to civil or criminal liability. However, meeting the requirements of a Compliance Code means that you have fulfilled your occupational health and safety duties and obligations.

The Code provides guidance to principal contractors and other persons conducting a business or undertaking who carry out construction work on how to meet the health and safety requirements. The information and guidance contained in this Code is relevant to all types of construction work and includes specific guidance for business working within the housing construction sector.

This Code should be read in conjunction with other Codes of Practice relating to specific hazards and control measures relevant to the construction industry including:

  • Demolition Work
  • Excavation Work
  • Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces
  • Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work
  • Preventing Falls in Housing Construction
  • Confined Spaces
  • Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Safe Design of Structures
  • Managing the Work Environment and Facilities
  • Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace
  • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace
  • How to Safely Remove Asbestos.

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

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.


Construction work does not include:

  • the manufacture of plant
  • the prefabrication of elements, other than at a place specifically established for the construction work for use in the construction work
  • the construction or assembly of a structure that, once constructed or assembled, is intended to be transported to another place
  • testing, maintenance or repair work of a minor nature carried out in connection with a structure
  • mining or the exploration for or extraction of minerals.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

In order to manage risk, you have a duty to:

  • identify reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to the risk
  • eliminate the risk, so far as is reasonably practicable
  • if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, minimise the risk so far as is reasonably practicable by implementing control measures
  • maintain the control measure so that it remains effective, and
  • review, and if necessary revise, control measures so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health and safety.

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 ACT

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

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General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336