Australia: Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

By Ellen Williamson and Emma Bloomer

The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 was introduced into parliament on 14 November 2013. The stated aim of the bill is to substantially replicate the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (Cth) (BCII Act).

In light of recent press regarding alleged corruption and links between construction unions and organised crime and the royal commission into union activities, DLA Piper thought it would be useful to set out the general intent of the bill. This update also provide further detail regarding key requirements applicable to Commonwealth-funded construction and infrastructure projects. 

The BCII Act responded to the workplace relations recommendations of the Cole Royal Commission, which reported in 2003, and was aligned with the workplace relations regime under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth). Among other things, the BCII Act established the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to regulate the building and construction industry…

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