Building Code

The Building Code 2014 sets out the Australian Government’s expected standards for all building industry participants involved in Commonwealth-funded construction projects.

Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014

On 28 November 2014, the Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz published a revised advance release of the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014

More information is available in the media release

The revised advance release contains amendments to the earlier version which was released on 17 April 2014. Changes include:

  • applying the content requirements for enterprise agreements (section 11) to enterprise agreements that are varied (subsection 11(2A));
  • prohibiting reading down clauses in enterprise agreements (section 11A);
  • requiring that a code covered entity must comply with its obligations under the Migration Act 1958 (subsection 9(4)); and
  • other minor technical amendments.

The new code will come into effect when the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2014 commences as an Act.

On 28 November 2014, the Minister also released an updated Explanatory Statement to the Advance Release of the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014

Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) 2014 – Agreement Assessments

On 28 November 2014, the Government published a revised advance release of the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014.

When the Code is formally released, a re-established Australian Building and Construction Commission may issue a determination that an enterprise agreement meets the requirements of section 11 of the Code. However, until the Code is formally released, the department will undertake interim assessments of draft agreements on request, for compliance with the advance release of the Code. Entities that would like an interim assessment should email the draft agreement to building@employment.gov.au.


Building Code 2013

The Building Code 2013 was issued under the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 (FWBI Act).

The Building Code 2013 came into effect on 1 February 2013. A copy of the Building Code 2013 is available, and the Building Code 2013 explanatory statement is also available.

The Supporting Guidelines for Commonwealth Funding Entities set out the Commonwealth procurement obligations placed on funding entities.

A Fact Sheet containing further information on the application of the Building Code 2013 can be found at The Building Code 2013 - Questions and Answers.

For information concerning Sanctions for breaches of the Building Code 2013 please visit our resources page.

Want to know more?
Email building@employment.gov.au
National Code Hotline 1300 731 293