On the 1st of December 2016 the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 received Royal Assent.

As a result, the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (known as Fair Work Building and Construction) will cease operations on 1 December 2016 and the agency will transition to the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

The information on this website is currently being reviewed and checked for currency under the new legislation. Updated information will appear on the new ABCC website shortly. Until then, for advice and assistance, you can call the ABCC hotline on 1800 003 338 or contact

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Building Code

Building Code 2013 – General Information

What is the Building Code?

For those new to the Building Code, this section includes information about the Building Code and Supporting Guidelines.

When does the Building Code Apply?

This section outlines when building industry participants will be bound by the Building Code.

Requirements of the Building Code 

The Building Code contains a range of requirements that building contractors must meet.

Applying the Building Code On site

An important element of the Building Code is ethical behaviour, particularly with respect to the rights and responsibilities of your company, yourself, your employees and your subcontractors. On-site practices play a vital role in meeting the requirements of the Building Code.

Monitoring compliance with the Building Code

FWBC has the responsibility to monitor compliance with the Building Code. This involves both an educational and on-site monitoring role.

Frequently asked questions

This section contains answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Building Code and how it operates.

Building Code 2013 – Enterprise agreement assessments

Building Code 2013 – Enterprise agreement assessments

Contractors who wish to engage in building work must comply with the Building Code 2013 in order to be eligible to express interest in, or tender for Commonwealth funded building work. FWBC assesses enterprise agreements for these contractors for compliance with the Building Code 2013 – if the enterprise agreement has been made since 18 May 2016.

Building Code 2013 – Examples of compliant enterprise agreements

Building Code 2013 – Examples of compliant enterprise agreements

This section contains five examples of enterprise agreements that have been assessed as compliant with the Building Code 2013.

Building Code 2013 – Drug and Alcohol testing

Drug and alcohol testing under the Building Code 2013

Changes have been made to the Building Code 2013 requiring contractors to have a comprehensive policy for managing drug and alcohol issues in the workplace which includes mandatory drug and alcohol testing on Commonwealth funded projects.

Building Code 2013 –  Funding Entities 

Funding Entities and the Building Code 2013

The Supporting Guidelines place on funding entities and funding recipients a series of responsibilities they must comply with when procuring Commonwealth-funded building work. 

The Building Code 2014

Building Code 2014

This section contains information for the proposed Building Code 2014.