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New construction industry Code to strengthen compliance

  • New Code strengthens requirements for tenderers on Victorian government projects
  • Promoting safe, law abiding and productive construction sites
  • Napthine Government building a better Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government has today released a new Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry.

The new Code replaces and updates the current Code introduced in 1999 and the Implementation Guidelines introduced by the Coalition Government in 2012.

Minister for Finance Robert Clark said the establishment of the Guidelines and the Construction Code Compliance Unit (CCCU) in 2012 had already delivered important benefits, particularly in ensuring that both Commonwealth and Victorian laws are upheld on Victorian government building and construction sites.

“The Napthine Government’s commitment to law-abiding, safe and productive construction industry work sites is in stark contrast to Daniel Andrews’ and Labor’s intention to abolish the guidelines and the CCCU if they are elected to government,” Mr Clark said.

“The new Victorian Code sets out the requirements and obligations for companies tendering for Victorian Government construction projects in a consolidated and more streamlined manner.   

“From 8 October 2014, the new Victorian Code will apply to Victorian construction projects previously covered by the Implementation Guidelines.

“Workplace conduct, agreements, arrangements, practices and procedures engaged in or entered into from 8 October 2014 must not be inconsistent with the objectives of the Victorian Code.

“Contractors must also comply, and be able to demonstrate past compliance, with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and must report requests or demands by unions in relation to secondary boycotts.

“Tenderers previously covered by the Implementation Guidelines must comply with the new Victorian Code and will in future need to complete a declaration that confirms compliance when they express interest in or tender for Victorian government construction work.”

The Victorian Code will be monitored by the CCCU in the Department of Treasury and Finance.

“At the next election, voters will have a clear choice between a Napthine Government committed to law-abiding, safe and productive workplaces, and a Labor Party willing to sell out the interests of workers and taxpayers at the behest of the CFMEU,” Mr Clark said.

The Victorian Code and supporting documentation can be viewed at: www.dtf.vic.gov.au/cccu