The Building Code 2016 is more properly known as the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

Any building contractor or industry participant must comply with the requirements of the Code from the first time they submit an expression of interest (EOI) or tender for Commonwealth-funded building work.

The Code became active on 2 December 2016 but at present has a two-year transition period. Contractors and participants can comply with the Building Code 2013 but, after the two-year period, must comply with Building Code 2016 to be eligible for Commonwealth building work.

Negotiations are continuing regarding the provisions of the Code, which cover workplace requirements, prohibited clauses in Enterprise Agreements, freedom of association, Security of Payment, sham contracting, right of entry and many other areas of compliance.

Failure to meet these requirements puts at risk your ability to tender for, or work on, any project with Commonwealth funding.

Master Builders SA recommends you work with our Industrial Relations team to best understand your obligations.


Our Fact Sheet on the requirements of Building Code 2016 can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The Building Code 2016 can be downloaded in its entirety here.