Schedule 1 of The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Act 2012 (Cth) (New Act) has commenced today, 1 June 2012. It amends the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (Cth) (BCII Act).
The New Act has made considerable changes to the BCII Act which will affect employers in the building and construction industry and the operation of their businesses.
In summary, these include:
The Bill represents the Government’s response to the report provided by the Hon Murray Wilcox QC titled ‘Transition to Fair Work Australia for the Building and Construction Industry’. In an explanatory statement issued by the Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the commencement of Schedule 1 was delayed until 1 June 2012 “to facilitate a smooth transition to the new building and construction industry legislation and to provide sufficient time for the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate to be established.”
A detailed discussion of the New Act and the implications for employers can be accessed via the following link: Farewell to the ABCC – Changes to Regulation of the Building and Construction Industry.