Australia — building and construction codes collide

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Building and construction industry participants will be familiar with Australian Commonwealth and State governments’ strategy of influencing workplace relations practices in the building and construction industry by way of procurement guidelines requiring compliance with particular workplace relations standards. These codes have changed frequently and maintaining compliance is a complex and challenging exercise.

Late 2012 and early 2013 have seen fresh activity in this area. The first Commonwealth Code in legislative instrument form was introduced in February 2013. In addition, Victoria, NSW and QLD have all moved, or indicated intention to move, to codes inconsistent with the Commonwealth Code – but may be frustrated by proceedings currently before the Federal Court.

The current state of play is summarised below…

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