The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Building Code 2016) came into operation on 2 December 2016. The Building Code 2016 is the code of practice and sets out the Commonwealth Government’s expected standards for all building industry participants – both head- and subcontractors – who are (or seek to be) involved in any Commonwealth-funded building work.
Am I affected?
You become subject to the Building Code 2016 when you submit an expression of interest or tender for Commonwealth-funded building work. This makes you a “Code-covered entity”.
How does it affect me?
Once you submit a tender for a Commonwealth-funded project – whether as a head contractor or a subcontractor to a head contactor – you become a Code-covered entity and must comply with all requirements of the Building Code 2016.
This is not required if you submit a tender on a private project but once you tender for a Commonwealth-funded project, all your business’s practices must comply with the Code.
This will include:
Businesses should first focus on ensuring their enterprise agreements are compliant. More information is available here: Enterprise agreements and the Building Code 2016.
Failure to meet your obligations exposes you to being banned from future Commonwealth-funded projects for up to one year.
To find out whether you are eligible to be awarded Commonwealth-funded work, please visit Eligibility for Commonwealth-funded work.
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