Wed 13 Apr 2016

Are you still compliant with the Building Code 2013?

On 16 October 2015, the “fitness for work/alcohol and other drugs in the workplace” amendment to the Building Code 2013 (Cth) (Fitness for Work Amendment) came into force.

Compliance with the Building Code 2013 is monitored by Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC). Following the introduction of the Fitness for Work Amendment, FWBC undertook an education and awareness campaign, which has now concluded.

FWBC is now actively undertaking audits to ensure compliance with the amended Code. It is accordingly important to review your policies to ensure that you remain compliant.

Who is affected?

The Fitness for Work Amendment primarily affects contractors who are (or may be) engaged as the principal contractor to carry out building work where the Commonwealth has provided funding for the project:

  • of more than $5,000,000 and that amount is greater than 50% of the value of the project; or
  • of more than $10,000,000, irrespective of the value of the project.

However, on all projects where the funding thresholds are met, the Fitness for Work Amendment also affects all other workers who carry out work at sites where such building work is being undertaken (whether they are engaged by the principal contractor or not).

More information is available from Page Seager’s enewsletter