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Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012

Authoritative Version
Act No. 113 of 2005 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Act 2012
An Act to improve workplace relations practices in the building and construction industry, and for related purposes
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Registered 05 Jun 2012
Start Date 01 Jun 2012
End Date 31 Dec 2012
Date of repeal 02 Dec 2016
Repealed by Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2016

Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012

Act No. 113 of 2005 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 1 June 2012
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 42 of 2012

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Chapter 1—Preliminary                                                                                                    1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Object of this Act................................................................................ 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Definition of building work................................................................. 7

6............ Definition of office.............................................................................. 9

7............ Extension to Christmas Island........................................................... 10

8............ Act to bind Crown............................................................................ 10

Chapter 2—Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate                              11

Part 1—Director                                                                                                                   11

9............ Establishment.................................................................................... 11

10.......... Functions.......................................................................................... 11

11.......... Minister’s directions......................................................................... 12

12.......... Minister may require reports............................................................. 12

13.......... Delegation by the Director................................................................ 13

14.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 14

15.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 14

16.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 14

17.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 15

18.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 15

19.......... Engaging in other paid employment.................................................. 15

20.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 15

21.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 16

22.......... Termination....................................................................................... 16

Part 2—Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate Advisory Board 17

23.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 17

24.......... Role................................................................................................... 17

25.......... Membership...................................................................................... 17

26.......... Appointment of members.................................................................. 17

26A....... Chair................................................................................................. 18

26B....... Remuneration of members................................................................ 18

26C....... Leave of members............................................................................. 19

26D....... Resignation of members.................................................................... 19

26E........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 19

26F........ Other terms and conditions............................................................... 20

26G....... Meetings........................................................................................... 20

26H....... Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 20

Part 3—Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate         22

26J........ Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.................... 22

26K....... Staff.................................................................................................. 22

26L........ Persons assisting the Director........................................................... 22

26M...... Consultants....................................................................................... 22

Chapter 3—The Building Code                                                                                  24

27.......... Minister to issue Building Code........................................................ 24

Chapter 4—Occupational health and safety                                                       25

Part 1—Federal Safety Commissioner                                                                    25

29.......... Federal Safety Commissioner........................................................... 25

30.......... Functions of Federal Safety Commissioner...................................... 25

31.......... Minister’s directions to Federal Safety Commissioner...................... 26

32.......... Delegation by Federal Safety Commissioner.................................... 26

33.......... Acting Federal Safety Commissioner................................................ 26

34.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 27

Part 2—Accreditation scheme for Commonwealth building work       28

35.......... Accreditation scheme........................................................................ 28

Chapter 7—Enforcement                                                                                                30

Part 1—Powers to obtain information etc.                                                           30

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                            30

36.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 30

36A....... Application of this Part..................................................................... 30

Division 2—Role of the Independent Assessor                                              31

Subdivision A—Establishment and appointment etc. of the Independent Assessor       31

36B....... Establishment.................................................................................... 31

36C....... Functions and powers....................................................................... 31

36D....... Minister may require reports............................................................. 31

37.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 31

37A....... Acting appointments......................................................................... 32

37B....... Remuneration.................................................................................... 32

37C....... Leave of absence............................................................................... 32

37D....... Engaging in other paid employment.................................................. 32

37E........ Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 33

37F........ Resignation....................................................................................... 33

37G....... Termination....................................................................................... 33

Subdivision B—Determinations by Independent Assessor                             34

38.......... Application of this Subdivision......................................................... 34

39.......... Independent Assessor may determine that powers to obtain information do not apply in relation to particular building project............................................................................................... 34

40.......... Interested person may apply for determination.................................. 35

41.......... Consideration of application for determination.................................. 36

42.......... Publication and period of effect of determination.............................. 37

43.......... Director may request Independent Assessor to reconsider determination 37

Division 3—Examination notices                                                                          39

44.......... Minister may nominate AAT presidential members to issue examination notices    39

45.......... Director may apply to nominated AAT presidential member for examination notice                39

46.......... Sunset provision............................................................................... 41

47.......... Issue of examination notice............................................................... 41

48.......... Form and content of examination notice............................................ 42

49.......... Director must notify Commonwealth Ombudsman of issue of examination notice  43

50.......... Director may give examination notice to person in relation to whom it is issued and vary time for compliance       43

51.......... Conduct of examination etc............................................................... 44

52.......... Offence—failure to comply with examination notice........................ 45

53.......... Certain excuses not available in relation to examination
notices............................................................................................... 46

54.......... Protection from liability..................................................................... 46

54A....... Review and report by Commonwealth Ombudsman......................... 47

55.......... Retention and copying etc. of documents.......................................... 48

56.......... Director may make and keep copies of documents............................ 49

57.......... Secrecy provisions............................................................................ 49

58.......... Payment for expenses incurred in attending an examination............. 49

Part 2—Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors                                            51

Division 1—Appointment                                                                                          51

59.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 51

59A....... Director is an inspector..................................................................... 51

59B....... Identity cards..................................................................................... 51

Division 2—Powers                                                                                                      53

59C....... Inspectors’ powers under Fair Work and other Acts........................ 53

59D....... Director’s powers under Fair Work Act........................................... 53

59E........ Inspectors’ power to monitor compliance with Building Code......... 54

59F........ General directions by the Director..................................................... 54

59G....... Particular directions by the Director.................................................. 54

Part 3—Federal Safety Officers                                                                                  55

Division 1—Appointment                                                                                          55

60.......... Federal Safety Officers..................................................................... 55

61.......... Identity cards for Federal Safety Officers......................................... 55

Division 2—Powers                                                                                                      57

62.......... Powers to enter premises etc. to ascertain compliance with Building Code              57

63.......... Powers to enter premises etc. to ascertain compliance with accreditation scheme     59

Chapter 8—Miscellaneous                                                                                              62

64.......... Disclosure of information by the Director......................................... 62

64A....... Disclosure of information by the Federal Safety Commissioner....... 63

65.......... Protection of confidentiality of information obtained under an examination notice   65

66.......... Reports not to include information relating to an individual’s affairs 68

68.......... Delegation by Minister...................................................................... 68

71.......... Director may intervene in court proceedings..................................... 69

72.......... Director may make submissions in FWA proceedings..................... 69

73.......... Director etc. must not participate in court proceedings in relation to settled matters 69

73A....... Director etc. must not institute court proceedings in relation to settled matters         70

74.......... General Manager of FWA must keep Director informed.................. 71

75.......... Jurisdiction of the Federal Court....................................................... 71

75A....... Exercising jurisdiction in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court 71

76.......... Court not to require undertaking as to damages................................ 72

77.......... Director etc. not liable for conduct in good faith............................... 72

78.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 73

Notes                                                                                                                                             75


An Act to improve workplace relations practices in the building and construction industry, and for related purposes

 

Chapter 1Preliminary

  

  

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1, 2 and 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

12 September 2005

2.  Sections 4 to 8

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

3. Chapters 2, 3 and 4

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

12 September 2005

4. Sections 36, 37 and 38

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

5. Sections 39 and 40

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

12 September 2005

6. Sections 41 and 42

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

7. Chapter 6

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

12 September 2005

8.  Chapters 7 and 8

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

12 September 2005

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3  Object of this Act

                   The object of this Act is to provide a balanced framework for cooperative, productive and harmonious workplace relations in the building industry by:

                     (a)  ensuring compliance with workplace relations laws by all building industry participants; and

                     (b)  providing information, advice and assistance to all building industry participants about their rights and obligations; and

                     (c)  providing an effective means of enforcing those rights and obligations; and

                     (d)  providing appropriate safeguards on the use of enforcement and investigative powers; and

                     (e)  improving the level of occupational health and safety in the building industry.

4  Definitions

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

AAT presidential member means a person who is a presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975.

accreditation scheme means the accreditation scheme referred to in section 35.

Advisory Board means the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate Advisory Board referred to in section 23.

Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

AWA has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

award has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

building association means an industrial association whose eligibility rules allow membership by at least one of the following groups:

                     (a)  building employers;

                     (b)  building employees;

                     (c)  building contractors;

whether or not those rules also allow membership by other persons.

Building Code means the code of practice referred to in section 27.

building contractor means a person who has entered into, or who has offered to enter into, a contract for services under which the person:

                     (a)  carries out building work; or

                     (b)  arranges for building work to be carried out.

building employee means:

                     (a)  a person whose employment consists of, or includes, building work; or

                     (b)  a person who accepts an offer of engagement as an employee for work that consists of, or includes, building work.

building employer means an employer who employs, or offers to employ, building employees.

building industry participant means any of the following:

                     (a)  a building employee;

                     (b)  a building employer;

                     (c)  a building contractor;

                     (d)  a person who enters into a contract with a building contractor under which the building contractor agrees to carry out building work or to arrange for building work to be carried out;

                     (e)  a building association;

                      (f)  an officer, delegate or other representative of a building association;

                     (g)  an employee of a building association.

building matter has the meaning given by subsection 59C(3).

building work has the meaning given by section 5.

Commonwealth industrial instrument means any of the following:

                     (a)  an award or transitional award;

                     (b)  a workplace agreement;

                     (c)  a pre‑reform certified agreement or a pre‑reform AWA;

                     (d)  an order of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission;

                     (e)  the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard;

                      (f)  a fair work instrument;

                     (g)  the National Employment Standards.

Commonwealth Ombudsman means the person for the time being holding office as Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act 1976.

Commonwealth place means a place referred to in paragraph 52(i) of the Constitution, other than the seat of government.

conduct includes an omission.

constitutional corporation means:

                     (a)  a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                     (b)  a body corporate that is incorporated in a Territory.

CSC (short for Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation) has the same meaning as in the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011.

designated building law means:

                     (a)  the Independent Contractors Act 2006, the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009; or

                     (b)  a Commonwealth industrial instrument.

Director means the Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate referred to in section 9.

eligibility rules means rules that relate to the conditions of eligibility for membership.

examination has the meaning given by subsection 51(1).

examination notice means an examination notice issued under Division 3 of Part 1 of Chapter 7.

Fair Work Building Industry Inspector means:

                     (a)  the Director; or

                     (b)  a person appointed as a Fair Work Building Industry Inspector under section 59.

Fair Work Inspector has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

fair work instrument has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

Fair Work Ombudsman has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

Federal Court means the Federal Court of Australia.

Federal Safety Commissioner means the Federal Safety Commissioner referred to in section 29.

Federal Safety Officer means a Federal Safety Officer referred to in section 60.

FWA has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

FW Act means the Fair Work Act 2009.

Independent Assessor means the Independent Assessor—Special Building Industry Powers referred to in section 36B.

independent contractor has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

industrial association means:

                     (a)  an association of employees or independent contractors, or both, or an association of employers, that is registered or recognised as such an association (however described) under a workplace law (within the meaning of the FW Act); or

                     (b)  an association of employees, or independent contractors, or both, a purpose of which is the protection and promotion of their interests in matters concerning their employment, or their interests as independent contractors (as the case may be); or

                     (c)  an association of employers a principal purpose of which is the protection and promotion of their interests in matters concerning employment, independent contractors or both;

and includes:

                     (d)  a branch of such an association; and

                     (e)  an organisation; and

                      (f)  a branch of an organisation.

inspector means a Fair Work Building Industry Inspector.

investigation means an investigation to which Part 1 of Chapter 7 applies.

lawyer means a person who is admitted to the legal profession by a Supreme Court of a State or Territory.

National Employment Standards has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

nominated AAT presidential member means an AAT presidential member in respect of whom a nomination is in force under section 44 to issue examination notices under Division 3 of Part 1 of Chapter 7.

occupier has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

office, in relation to an organisation or industrial association or a branch of an organisation or industrial association, has the meaning given by section 6.

Office means the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate referred to in section 26J.

officer, in relation to an organisation or industrial association, means a person who holds an office in the organisation or association.

organisation has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

premises has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

pre‑reform AWA has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

pre‑reform certified agreement has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

safety net contractual entitlement has the same meaning as in the FW Act.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

this Act includes the regulations.

transitional award has the same meaning as in the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

workplace agreement means a workplace agreement within the meaning of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009, and includes an AWA.

             (2)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

                     (a)  a reference to employee has its ordinary meaning; and

                     (b)  a reference to employee with its ordinary meaning includes a reference to an individual who is usually an employee with that meaning; and

                     (c)  a reference to employee with its ordinary meaning does not include a reference to an individual on a vocational placement; and

                     (d)  a reference to employer has its ordinary meaning; and

                     (e)  a reference to employer with its ordinary meaning includes a reference to a person or entity that is usually an employer with that meaning.

5  Definition of building work

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2), (3) and (4), building work means any of the following activities:

                     (a)  the construction, alteration, extension, restoration, repair, demolition or dismantling of buildings, structures or works that form, or are to form, part of land, whether or not the buildings, structures or works are permanent;

                     (b)  the construction, alteration, extension, restoration, repair, demolition or dismantling of railways (not including rolling stock) or docks;

                     (c)  the installation in any building, structure or works of fittings forming, or to form, part of land, including heating, lighting, air‑conditioning, ventilation, power supply, drainage, sanitation, water supply, fire protection, security and communications systems;

                     (d)  any operation that is part of, or is preparatory to, or is for rendering complete, work covered by paragraph (a), (b) or (c), for example:

                              (i)  site clearance, earth‑moving, excavation, tunnelling and boring;

                             (ii)  the laying of foundations;

                            (iii)  the erection, maintenance or dismantling of scaffolding;

                            (iv)  the on‑site prefabrication of made‑to‑order components to form part of any building, structure or works;

                             (v)  site restoration, landscaping and the provision of roadways and other access works;

but does not include any of the following:

                     (e)  the drilling for, or extraction of, oil or natural gas;

                      (f)  the extraction (whether by underground or surface working) of minerals, including tunnelling or boring, or constructing underground works, for that purpose;

                     (g)  any work that is part of a project for:

                              (i)  the construction, repair or restoration of a single‑dwelling house; or

                             (ii)  the construction, repair or restoration of any building, structure or work associated with a single‑dwelling house; or

                            (iii)  the alteration or extension of a single‑dwelling house, if it remains a single‑dwelling house after the alteration or extension.

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(g) does not apply if the project is part of a multi‑dwelling development that consists of, or includes, the construction of at least 5 single‑dwelling houses.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (4), building work includes any activity that is prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

             (4)  Building work does not include any activity that is prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

             (5)  In this section:

land includes land beneath water.

6  Definition of office

             (1)  In this Act, office, in relation to an association, means:

                     (a)  an office of president, vice president, secretary or assistant secretary of the association; or

                     (b)  the office of a voting member of a collective body of the association, being a collective body that has power in relation to any of the following functions:

                              (i)  the management of the affairs of the association;

                             (ii)  the determination of policy for the association;

                            (iii)  the making, alteration or rescission of rules of the association;

                            (iv)  the enforcement of rules of the association, or the performance of functions in relation to the enforcement of such rules; or

                     (c)  an office the holder of which is, under the rules of the association, entitled to participate directly in any of the functions referred to in subparagraphs (b)(i) and (iv), other than an office the holder of which participates only in accordance with directions given by a collective body or another person for the purpose of implementing:

                              (i)  existing policy of the association; or

                             (ii)  decisions concerning the association; or

                     (d)  an office the holder of which is, under the rules of the association, entitled to participate directly in any of the functions referred to in subparagraphs (b)(ii) and (iii); or

                     (e)  the office of a person holding (whether as trustee or otherwise) property:

                              (i)  of the association; or

                             (ii)  in which the association has a beneficial interest.

In this subsection, association means an organisation or branch of an organisation, or an industrial association or branch of an industrial association.

             (2)  In this Act, a reference to an office in an organisation or industrial association includes a reference to an office in a branch of the organisation or association.

7  Extension to Christmas Island

             (1)  This Act extends to the Territory of Christmas Island.

             (2)  This Act applies in relation to the Territory of Christmas Island with such modifications as are prescribed by the regulations.

8  Act to bind Crown

             (1)  This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

             (2)  Nothing in this Act renders the Commonwealth or a State or Territory liable to be prosecuted for an offence.


 

Chapter 2Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate

Part 1Director

  

9  Establishment

                   There is to be a Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.

10  Functions

                   The Director has the following functions:

                     (a)  to promote:

                              (i)  harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations in the building industry; and

                             (ii)  compliance with designated building laws and the Building Code by building industry participants;

                            including by providing education, assistance and advice to building industry participants;

                     (b)  to monitor compliance with designated building laws and the Building Code by building industry participants;

                     (c)  to inquire into, and investigate, any act or practice by a building industry participant that may be contrary to a designated building law, a safety net contractual entitlement or the Building Code;

                     (d)  to commence proceedings in a court, or to make applications to FWA, to enforce designated building laws and safety net contractual entitlements as they relate to building industry participants;

                     (e)  to refer matters to relevant authorities;

                      (f)  to represent building industry participants who are, or may become, a party to proceedings in a court, or a party to a matter before FWA, under a designated building law, if the Director considers that representing the building industry participants will promote compliance with designated building laws;

                     (g)  to disseminate information about designated building laws and the Building Code, and about other matters affecting building industry participants, including disseminating information by facilitating ongoing discussions with building industry participants;

                     (h)  to make submissions and provide information to the Independent Assessor in accordance with this Act;

                      (i)  any other functions conferred on the Director by any Act.

Note:          The Director also has the functions of an inspector (see section 59A).

11  Minister’s directions

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, give directions to the Director about:

                     (a)  the policies, programs and priorities of the Director; and

                     (b)  the manner in which the Director is to perform the functions or exercise the powers of the Director.

             (2)  The Minister must not give a direction under subsection (1) about a particular case.

             (3)  The Director must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

             (4)  Despite anything in section 44 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, section 42 of that Act applies to a direction under subsection (1) of this section.

12  Minister may require reports

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing, direct the Director to give the Minister specified reports relating to the Director’s functions and powers.

Note:          See also section 66, which restricts the disclosure of personal information in a report.

             (2)  The Director must comply with the direction.

             (3)  A direction under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

13  Delegation by the Director

General power to delegate

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the Director may, in writing, delegate all or any of the Director’s functions or powers under any Act to:

                     (a)  a member of staff referred to in subsection 26K(1); or

                     (b)  an inspector.

Functions and powers that must not be delegated

             (2)  The Director must not delegate his or her functions or powers:

                     (a)  as an inspector; or

                     (b)  under section 45 (which deals with applying for an examination notice); or

                     (c)  under subsection 50(3) or (4) (which deal with varying the time for compliance with an examination notice).

Functions and powers that may only be delegated to SES employees

             (3)  The Director must not delegate his or her functions or powers under the following provisions to anyone other than a member of staff referred to in subsection 26K(1) who is an SES employee:

                     (a)  subsection 51(2) (which deals with conducting an examination);

                     (b)  subsection 51(4) (which deals with administering an oath or affirmation at an examination).

Delegate subject to direction

             (4)  In performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation, the delegate must comply with any directions of the Director.

Details of delegation must be published

             (5)  As soon as practicable after delegating any function or power under this section, the Director must publish details of the delegation.

Note:          See also sections 34AA and 34AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

14  Annual report

             (1)  The Director must, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, prepare and give to the Minister, for presentation to the Parliament, a report on the performance of the Director’s functions and the exercise of the Director’s powers during that year.

Note 1:       See also section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, which contains extra rules about annual reports.

Note 2:       See also section 66 of this Act, which restricts the disclosure of personal information in a report.

             (2)  The report must include:

                     (a)  details of directions given by the Minister during the financial year under section 11 or 12; and

                     (b)  details of delegations by the Director under section 13 during the financial year; and

                     (c)  details of recommendations made to the Director by the Advisory Board during the financial year.

15  Appointment

             (1)  The Director is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

             (2)  The appointment is to be on a full‑time basis.

             (3)  The Minister must not appoint a person as the Director unless the Minister is satisfied that the person:

                     (a)  has suitable qualifications or experience; and

                     (b)  is of good character.

             (4)  The Director holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

             (5)  The Director holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

16  Acting appointments

                   The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a person to act as the Director:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Director (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Director:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

17  Remuneration

             (1)  The Director is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the Director is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Director is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

18  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Director has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant the Director leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

19  Engaging in other paid employment

                   The Director must not engage in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the Minister’s approval.

20  Disclosure of interests

                   The Director must give written notice to the Minister of all material personal interests that the Director has or acquires and that conflict or could conflict with the proper performance of the Director’s functions.

21  Resignation

             (1)  The Director may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

22  Termination

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of the Director for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Minister must terminate the appointment of the Director if:

                     (a)  the Director:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Director is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Director engages, except with the Minister’s approval, in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office (see section 19); or

                     (d)  the Director fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 20.


 

Part 2Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate Advisory Board

  

23  Establishment

                   The Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate Advisory Board is established by this section.

24  Role

                   The Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the Director about:

                     (a)  policies to guide the performance of the Director’s functions and the exercise of the Director’s powers; and

                     (b)  the priorities of, and the programs to be implemented by, the Director; and

                     (c)  any matter that the Minister requests the Advisory Board to consider.

25  Membership

                   The Advisory Board consists of the following members:

                     (a)  the Director;

                     (b)  the Fair Work Ombudsman;

                     (c)  one member who has experience or background in employee representation in the building industry;

                     (d)  one member who has experience or background in employer representation in the building industry;

                     (e)  no more than 3 other members.

26  Appointment of members

             (1)  A member of the Advisory Board (other than the Director or the Fair Work Ombudsman) is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

Note:          A member of the Advisory Board is eligible for reappointment (see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901).

             (2)  The Minister must not appoint a person as a member unless the Minister is satisfied that the person has knowledge of, or experience in, one or more of the following fields:

                     (a)  workplace relations;

                     (b)  law;

                     (c)  business, industry or commerce.

             (3)  A member appointed by the Minister holds office on a part‑time basis.

             (4)  A member appointed by the Minister holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 3 years.

26A  Chair

             (1)  The Minister must appoint a member (other than the Director or the Fair Work Ombudsman) to be the Chair of the Advisory Board.

             (2)  The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a member (other than the Director or the Fair Work Ombudsman) to act as the Chair:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Chair (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chair:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          See sections 20 and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

26B  Remuneration of members

             (1)  A member appointed by the Minister is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  A member appointed by the Minister is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

26C  Leave of members

             (1)  The Minister may grant the Chair leave of absence on the terms and conditions that the Minister determines.

             (2)  The Chair may grant leave of absence to any other member on the terms and conditions that the Chair determines.

             (3)  The Chair must notify the Minister if the Chair grants to a member leave of absence for a period that exceeds 6 months.

26D  Resignation of members

             (1)  A member appointed by the Minister may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

26E  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of a member (other than the Director or the Fair Work Ombudsman) for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Minister must terminate the appointment of a member (other than the Director or the Fair Work Ombudsman) if:

                     (a)  the member:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the member is absent, except on leave of absence, from 3 consecutive meetings of the Advisory Board.

26F  Other terms and conditions

                   A member (other than the Director or the Fair Work Ombudsman) holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

26G  Meetings

             (1)  The Chair must convene:

                     (a)  such meetings of the Advisory Board as are, in his or her opinion, necessary for the performance of its role; and

                     (b)  at least 2 meetings of the Advisory Board in each financial year; and

                     (c)  such meetings of the Advisory Board as are requested by the Director.

             (2)  The quorum for a meeting is the Chair, the Director and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

             (3)  A question arising at a meeting of the Advisory Board is to be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting.

             (4)  The Chair must preside at all meetings.

             (5)  At a meeting, the Chair has a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, has a casting vote.

26H  Decisions without meetings

             (1)  The Advisory Board is taken to have made a decision at a meeting if:

                     (a)  without meeting, a majority of the members indicate agreement with the decision; and

                     (b)  that agreement is indicated in accordance with the method determined by the Advisory Board under subsection (2); and

                     (c)  all the members were informed of the proposed decision, or reasonable efforts were made to inform all the members of the proposed decision.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies only if the Advisory Board:

                     (a)  has determined that it may make decisions of that kind without meeting; and

                     (b)  has determined the method by which members are to indicate agreement with proposed decisions.

             (3)  The Advisory Board must keep a record of decisions made in accordance with this section.


 

Part 3Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate

  

26J  Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate

                   The Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate is established by this section.

26K  Staff

             (1)  The staff of the Office are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the Director and the staff of the Office together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Director is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

26L  Persons assisting the Director

                   The Director may also be assisted:

                     (a)  by employees of Agencies (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or

                     (b)  by officers and employees of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  by officers and employees of authorities of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

whose services are made available to the Director in connection with the performance of any of his or her functions.

Note:          For example, State or Territory employees could be made available to assist the Director in providing education in a particular region.

26M  Consultants

                   The Director may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage persons having suitable qualifications and experience as consultants to the Director. The terms and conditions of the engagement of a person are such as are determined by the Director in writing.

Note:          See also section 71 of the Public Service Act 1999, which makes provision for State employees to perform services in an Agency (as defined in that Act).


 

Chapter 3The Building Code

  

  

27  Minister to issue Building Code

             (1)  The Minister may issue one or more documents that together constitute a code of practice (the Building Code) that is to be complied with by persons in respect of building work.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Minister may issue one or more documents under that subsection in relation to occupational health and safety matters relating to building work.

             (3)  The Building Code cannot require a person to comply with the Code in respect of particular building work (the current work) unless:

                     (a)  the person is a building contractor that is a constitutional corporation; or

                     (b)  the person is a building industry participant and the current work is to be carried out in a Territory or Commonwealth place.

             (4)  Before exercising powers under this section, the Minister must take into account any relevant recommendations of the Federal Safety Commissioner in relation to occupational health and safety matters.

             (5)  A document issued under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.


 

Chapter 4Occupational health and safety

Part 1Federal Safety Commissioner

  

29  Federal Safety Commissioner

             (1)  The Secretary must, by writing, designate a position in the Department as the position of Federal Safety Commissioner.

Note:          For creation of positions, see section 77 of the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  That position can only be occupied by an SES employee.

             (3)  The Federal Safety Commissioner is the SES employee who occupies that position.

             (4)  An instrument under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

30  Functions of Federal Safety Commissioner

                   The Federal Safety Commissioner has the following functions:

                     (a)  promoting occupational health and safety in relation to building work;

                     (b)  monitoring and promoting compliance with the Building Code, so far as the Code deals with occupational health and safety;

                     (c)  disseminating information about the Building Code, so far as the Code deals with occupational health and safety;

                     (d)  performing functions as the accreditation authority for the purposes of the accreditation scheme;

                     (e)  promoting the benefits of the accreditation scheme and disseminating information about the accreditation scheme;

                      (f)  referring matters to other relevant agencies and bodies;

                     (g)  any other functions conferred on the Federal Safety Commissioner by this Act or by another Act;

                     (h)  any other functions conferred on the Federal Safety Commissioner by the regulations.

31  Minister’s directions to Federal Safety Commissioner

             (1)  The Minister may give written directions to the Federal Safety Commissioner specifying the manner in which the Federal Safety Commissioner must exercise or perform the powers or functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner under this Act.

             (2)  The Minister must not give a direction under subsection (1) about a particular case.

             (3)  The Federal Safety Commissioner must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

             (4)  A direction under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

             (5)  Despite anything in section 44 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, section 42 of that Act applies to a direction under subsection (1) of this section.

32  Delegation by Federal Safety Commissioner

             (1)  The Federal Safety Commissioner may, in writing, delegate all or any of his or her powers and functions under this Act to:

                     (a)  a Federal Safety Officer; or

                     (b)  an SES employee or acting SES employee; or

                     (c)  a person prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (2)  In exercising powers or functions under a delegation, the delegate must comply with any directions of the Federal Safety Commissioner.

             (3)  As soon as practicable after delegating any power or function under this section, the Federal Safety Commissioner must publish details of the delegation.

33  Acting Federal Safety Commissioner

                   If an SES employee is acting in the position of Federal Safety Commissioner:

                     (a)  the SES employee has and may exercise all the powers, and is to perform all the functions and duties, of the occupier of the position of Federal Safety Commissioner; and

                     (b)  this Act, and any other law of the Commonwealth, applies in relation to the SES employee as if the SES employee were the occupier of the position of Federal Safety Commissioner.

34  Consultants

             (1)  The Federal Safety Commissioner may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage persons having suitable qualifications and experience as consultants to the Federal Safety Commissioner.

             (2)  The terms and conditions of the engagement of a person are such as are determined by the Federal Safety Commissioner in writing.


 

Part 2Accreditation scheme for Commonwealth building work

  

35  Accreditation scheme

Accreditation scheme

             (1)  The regulations may prescribe an accreditation scheme for persons who wish to carry out building work funded by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority.

             (2)  The regulations must provide for the Federal Safety Commissioner to be the accrediting authority under the scheme.

             (3)  The regulations may prescribe fees for applications made under the regulations.

Commonwealth building work to be carried out by accredited persons

             (4)  The Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority must not fund building work unless:

                     (a)  contracts for the building work entered into with builders will be entered into with builders who are accredited persons; and

                     (b)  at the time of the funding, the Commonwealth or Commonwealth authority, as the case may be, takes appropriate steps to ensure that builders will be accredited persons when they carry out the building work.

This subsection does not apply to building work prescribed by the regulations.

             (5)  For the purposes of this section, the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority funds building work if it:

                     (a)  pays for, or otherwise funds or finances, the building work (whether directly or indirectly); or

                     (b)  facilitates the carrying out of the building work by entering into, or otherwise funding or financing (whether directly or indirectly), a pre‑construction agreement that relates to the building work.

             (6)  If another Commonwealth provision is inconsistent with subsection (4), subsection (4) prevails to the extent of the inconsistency unless the other provision expressly refers to this section.

             (7)  Failure to comply with subsection (4) does not affect the validity of anything done by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority in relation to building work.

             (8)  In this section:

accredited person means a person who is accredited under the accreditation scheme.

builder, in relation to building work, means a person who carries out any of the building work.

Commonwealth authority means a Commonwealth authority within the meaning of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

Commonwealth provision means a provision of a law of the Commonwealth.

pre‑construction agreement means an agreement to lease or transfer land, a building or a part of a building on the condition, or on conditions that include the condition, that building work will be carried out on the land, the building or the part of the building.


 

Chapter 7Enforcement

Part 1Powers to obtain information etc.

Division 1Preliminary

36  Definitions

Building project

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, a building project is a project that consists of, or includes, building work.

Interested person

             (2)  For the purposes of this Part, each of the following is an interested person in relation to a building project:

                     (a)  the Minister;

                     (b)  a person prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

36A  Application of this Part

General

             (1)  This Part applies to an investigation by the Director into a suspected contravention, by a building industry participant, of a designated building law or a safety net contractual entitlement.

Limitation on Director’s powers

             (2)  However, the Director may exercise powers under this Part in relation to a suspected contravention by a building industry participant of a safety net contractual entitlement only if the Director reasonably believes that the building industry participant has contravened a provision or term referred to in subsection 706(2) of the FW Act.


 

Division 2Role of the Independent Assessor

Subdivision AEstablishment and appointment etc. of the Independent Assessor

36B  Establishment

                   There is to be an Independent Assessor—Special Building Industry Powers.

36C  Functions and powers

                   The Independent Assessor has the functions and powers conferred on him or her by or under this Act.

36D  Minister may require reports

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing, direct the Independent Assessor to give the Minister specified reports relating to the Independent Assessor’s functions and powers.

             (2)  The Independent Assessor must comply with the direction.

             (3)  A direction under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

37  Appointment

             (1)  The Independent Assessor is to be appointed by the Governor‑General by written instrument.

             (2)  The appointment is to be on a part‑time basis.

             (3)  Before the Governor‑General appoints a person as the Independent Assessor, the Minister must be satisfied that the person:

                     (a)  has suitable qualifications or experience; and

                     (b)  is of good character.

             (4)  The Independent Assessor holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

             (5)  The Independent Assessor holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Governor‑General.

37A  Acting appointments

                   The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a person to act as the Independent Assessor:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Independent Assessor (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Independent Assessor:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

37B  Remuneration

             (1)  The Independent Assessor is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the Independent Assessor is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Independent Assessor is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

37C  Leave of absence

                   The Minister may grant the Independent Assessor leave of absence on the terms and conditions that the Minister determines.

37D  Engaging in other paid employment

                   The Independent Assessor must not engage in any paid employment that, in the Minister’s opinion, conflicts or may conflict with the proper performance of the Independent Assessor’s functions.

37E  Disclosure of interests

                   The Independent Assessor must give written notice to the Minister of all material personal interests that the Independent Assessor has or acquires and that conflict or could conflict with the proper performance of the Independent Assessor’s functions.

37F  Resignation

             (1)  The Independent Assessor may resign his or her appointment by giving the Governor‑General a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Governor‑General or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

37G  Termination

             (1)  The Governor‑General may terminate the appointment of the Independent Assessor for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Governor‑General must terminate the appointment of the Independent Assessor if:

                     (a)  the Independent Assessor:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Independent Assessor is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Independent Assessor engages in paid employment that, in the Minister’s opinion, conflicts or may conflict with the proper performance of his or her functions (see section 37D); or

                     (d)  the Independent Assessor fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 37E.

Subdivision BDeterminations by Independent Assessor

38  Application of this Subdivision

                   This Subdivision applies in relation to a building project if the building work that the project consists of, or includes, begins on or after the commencement of this Subdivision.

39  Independent Assessor may determine that powers to obtain information do not apply in relation to particular building project

             (1)  The Independent Assessor may, in accordance with this Subdivision, make a written determination that section 45 does not apply in relation to one or more building projects.

Note 1:       Section 45 provides for the Director to make an application to a nominated AAT presidential member for the issue of an examination notice in relation to a person in respect of an investigation.

Note 2:       A determination can be varied or revoked on application by an interested person (see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901) or on request by the Director (see section 43 of this Act).

             (2)  The Independent Assessor may make a determination under subsection (1) in relation to a building project only on application under section 40 by an interested person in relation to the building project.

             (3)  The Independent Assessor must not make a determination under subsection (1) in relation to a particular building project unless the Independent Assessor is satisfied, in relation to that building project, that:

                     (a)  it would be appropriate to make the determination, having regard to:

                              (i)  the object of this Act; and

                             (ii)  any matters prescribed by the regulations; and

                     (b)  it would not be contrary to the public interest to make the determination.

             (4)  A determination under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

40  Interested person may apply for determination

             (1)  Subject to subsection (5), an interested person in relation to a building project (or 2 or more such interested persons acting jointly) may apply in writing to the Independent Assessor for a determination that section 45 does not apply in relation to the building project.

Note:          Section 45 provides for the Director to make an application to a nominated AAT presidential member for the issue of an examination notice in relation to a person in respect of an investigation.

             (2)  An application under subsection (1) must:

                     (a)  state the grounds on which the application is made; and

                     (b)  if a form is prescribed by the regulations—be in that form; and

                     (c)  include any other information prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  An application under subsection (1) may relate to more than one building project.

             (4)  An application under subsection (1) may be made at any time:

                     (a)  before or after the relevant building project has commenced; or

                     (b)  after the relevant building project is completed.

             (5)  If an interested person has made an application (the original application) under subsection (1) in relation to a building project, the interested person may not make a further application under that subsection, in relation to the same building project and on the same grounds as the original application, unless the interested person becomes aware of new information in relation to the building project.

41  Consideration of application for determination

Opportunity for Director to make submissions in relation to application

             (1)  If the Independent Assessor receives an application for a determination from an interested person (the applicant) under section 40, the Independent Assessor must:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after receiving the application, give the Director a copy of the application; and

                     (b)  give the Director a reasonable opportunity to make submissions in relation to the application.

Independent Assessor may request further information

             (2)  The Independent Assessor may request the applicant or the Director to give the Independent Assessor further information in relation to the application.

             (3)  If a request for further information is made under subsection (2), the applicant or the Director (as the case requires) must give the further information to the Independent Assessor:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after receiving the request; and

                     (b)  if the request specifies that the information must be given in writing—in writing.

Decision by Independent Assessor

             (4)  The Independent Assessor must decide whether or not to make the determination. In making the decision, the Independent Assessor must have regard to:

                     (a)  the application and any further information given to the Independent Assessor under subsection (3); and

                     (b)  any submissions made by the Director.

             (5)  As soon as practicable after the Independent Assessor makes a decision under subsection (4), the Independent Assessor must give written notice of the decision to:

                     (a)  the applicant; and

                     (b)  the Director.

42  Publication and period of effect of determination

             (1)  As soon as practicable after making a determination under subsection 39(1), the Independent Assessor must:

                     (a)  give a copy of the determination to:

                              (i)  the applicant for the determination; and

                             (ii)  the Director; and

                     (b)  arrange for a copy of the determination to be published in the Gazette.

             (2)  A determination under subsection 39(1) takes effect on the day on which it is published in the Gazette.

43  Director may request Independent Assessor to reconsider determination

             (1)  The Director may request the Independent Assessor to reconsider a determination (the original determination) made under subsection 39(1) in relation to a building project.

             (2)  A request under subsection (1):

                     (a)  may be made at any time after the original determination is made; and

                     (b)  must be in writing and set out the reasons for the request.

             (3)  If the Independent Assessor receives a request under subsection (1), the Independent Assessor must:

                     (a)  reconsider the original determination; and

                     (b)  make a determination affirming or revoking the original determination, or varying the original determination in such manner as the Independent Assessor considers appropriate.

             (4)  As soon as practicable after making a determination under subsection (3), the Independent Assessor must give written notice of that determination to:

                     (a)  the Director; and

                     (b)  the applicant for the original determination.

             (5)  The Independent Assessor must, as soon as practicable after making a determination under subsection (3) revoking or varying the original determination, arrange for a copy of the determination to be published in the Gazette.

             (6)  A determination under subsection (3) revoking or varying the original determination takes effect on the day on which it is published in the Gazette.


 

Division 3Examination notices

44  Minister may nominate AAT presidential members to issue examination notices

             (1)  The Minister may, by writing, nominate an AAT presidential member to issue examination notices under this Division.

             (2)  The Minister may nominate an AAT presidential member who is a Judge to issue examination notices under this Division only if the Judge has consented, by writing, to the nomination.

             (3)  A nomination ceases to have effect if:

                     (a)  the nominated AAT presidential member ceases to be an AAT presidential member; or

                     (b)  the Minister, by writing, withdraws the nomination.

             (4)  A nominated AAT presidential member has, in performing a function of or connected with issuing an examination notice under this Division, the same protection and immunity as a Justice of the High Court has in relation to proceedings in the High Court.

45  Director may apply to nominated AAT presidential member for examination notice

General requirements

             (1)  If the Director believes on reasonable grounds that a person:

                     (a)  has information or documents relevant to an investigation; or

                     (b)  is capable of giving evidence that is relevant to an investigation;

the Director may apply, in writing, to a nominated AAT presidential member for the issue of an examination notice requiring the person:

                     (c)  to give the information to the Director; or

                     (d)  to produce the documents to the Director; or

                     (e)  to attend before the Director to answer questions relevant to the investigation.

Application not permitted if determination by Independent Assessor is in force

             (2)  The Director may not make an application under subsection (1) in relation to an investigation (regardless of when the suspected contravention to which the investigation relates occurred) if the investigation is connected with a building project in relation to which a determination under subsection 39(1) is in force.

Note:          Subsection 39(1) provides for the Independent Assessor to make a determination that section 45 does not apply in relation to certain building projects.

Form and content of application

             (3)  An application for an examination notice must:

                     (a)  if a form is prescribed by the regulations—be in that form; and

                     (b)  include any information prescribed by the regulations.

             (4)  An application for an examination notice must not relate to more than one person, but may relate to more than one investigation.

Application must be accompanied by affidavit

             (5)  An application for an examination notice must be accompanied by an affidavit by the Director including the following:

                     (a)  the name of the person in relation to whom the application relates;

                     (b)  details of the investigation (or investigations) to which the application relates;

                     (c)  a statement that the investigation (or investigations) are not connected with a building project in relation to which a determination under subsection 39(1) is in force;

                     (d)  the grounds on which the Director believes the person has information or documents, or is capable of giving evidence, relevant to the investigation (or investigations) referred to in paragraph (b);

                     (e)  details of other methods used to attempt to obtain the information, documents or evidence;

                      (f)  the number (if any) of previous applications for an examination notice that the Director has made in relation to the person in respect of the investigation (or investigations) referred to in paragraph (b);

                     (g)  information about whether the Director has made, or expects to make, any other applications for an examination notice in relation to the investigation (or investigations) referred to in paragraph (b) and, if so, the persons in relation to whom those applications relate.

Further information

             (6)  A nominated AAT presidential member to whom an application for an examination notice is made may request the Director to give the presidential member further information in relation to the application.

             (7)  If a request for further information is made under subsection (6), the Director must give the further information in writing as soon as practicable after receiving the request.

46  Sunset provision

                   The Director may not make an application under section 45 after the end of 3 years after the day on which that section commences.

47  Issue of examination notice

             (1)  A nominated AAT presidential member to whom an application for an examination notice has been made must issue the examination notice if the presidential member is satisfied of the following:

                     (a)  that the Director has commenced the investigation (or investigations) to which the application relates;

                     (b)  that the investigation (or investigations) are not connected with a building project in relation to which a determination under subsection 39(1) is in force;

                     (c)  that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the person to whom the application relates has information or documents, or is capable of giving evidence, relevant to the investigation (or investigations);

                     (d)  that any other method of obtaining the information, documents or evidence:

                              (i)  has been attempted and has been unsuccessful; or

                             (ii)  is not appropriate;

                     (e)  that the information, documents or evidence would be likely to be of assistance in the investigation (or investigations);

                      (f)  that, having regard to all the circumstances, it would be appropriate to issue the examination notice;

                     (g)  any other matter prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  A nominated AAT presidential member must not issue an examination notice except in the circumstances referred to in subsection (1).

             (3)  An examination notice must not be issued in relation to more than one person, but may be issued in relation to more than one investigation.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  an application for an examination notice is made in relation to more than one investigation; and

                     (b)  the nominated AAT presidential member to whom the application is made is not satisfied of the matters referred to in subsection (1) in relation to each of those investigations;

the nominated AAT presidential member must issue the examination notice in relation to the investigation (or investigations) in relation to which the nominated AAT presidential member is satisfied of the matters referred to in subsection (1).

48  Form and content of examination notice

                   An examination notice:

                     (a)  must be in accordance with the form prescribed by the regulations; and

                     (b)  if the notice requires a person to give information to the Director—must specify the time by which, and the manner and form in which, the information is to be given; and

                     (c)  if the notice requires a person to produce documents to the Director—must specify the time by which, and the manner in which, the documents are to be produced; and

                     (d)  if the notice requires a person to attend before the Director to answer questions relevant to an investigation—must specify the time and place for the attendance; and

                     (e)  must be signed by the nominated AAT presidential member who issued it; and

                      (f)  must include any other information prescribed by the regulations.

49  Director must notify Commonwealth Ombudsman of issue of examination notice

                   As soon as practicable after an examination notice has been issued, the Director must:

                     (a)  notify the Commonwealth Ombudsman that the examination notice has been issued; and

                     (b)  give the Commonwealth Ombudsman a copy of:

                              (i)  the examination notice; and

                             (ii)  the affidavit that accompanied the application for the examination notice; and

                            (iii)  any other information in relation to the examination notice that was given to the nominated AAT presidential member who issued the notice.

50  Director may give examination notice to person in relation to whom it is issued and vary time for compliance

Director may give examination notice to person in relation to whom it is issued

             (1)  If a nominated AAT presidential member issues an examination notice, the Director may give the notice to the person in relation to whom it is issued.

             (2)  If an examination notice is not given to the person in relation to whom it is issued within 3 months after the day on which it was issued, the notice ceases to have effect at the end of that period.

Director may vary time for compliance with examination notice

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  the Director gives an examination notice to a person under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the time specified in the notice under paragraph 48(b), (c) or (d) is not at least 14 days after the notice is given to the person;

the Director must, at the same time as the examination notice is given to the person, also give notice to the person of a time later than the time specified in the notice.

             (4)  The Director may, at any time after giving an examination notice to the person in relation to whom it is issued, give notice to the person of a time later than the time:

                     (a)  specified in the notice under paragraph 48(b), (c) or (d); or

                     (b)  notified under subsection (3).

             (5)  A later time notified under subsection (3) or (4) must be at least 14 days after the examination notice is given to the person.

             (6)  If the person is notified of a later time under subsection (3) or (4), the examination notice has effect as if the later time (or the latest of those times) were the time specified in the examination notice.

Director must give copy of notice varying time to Commonwealth Ombudsman

             (7)  If a notice under subsection (3) or (4) is given to a person, the Director must, as soon as practicable after giving the notice, give a copy of the notice to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

51  Conduct of examination etc.

Application of section

             (1)  This section applies if a person is required by an examination notice to attend before the Director to answer questions relevant to an investigation. An attendance before the Director for this purpose is called an examination.

Director to conduct examination

             (2)  The Director must conduct the examination of the person.

Representation by lawyer

             (3)  The person may, if he or she so chooses, be represented at the examination by a lawyer of the person’s choice.

Oath or affirmation

             (4)  The Director may require the information or answers given by the person at the examination to be verified by, or given on, oath or affirmation, and either orally or in writing. For that purpose, the Director may administer the oath or affirmation.

             (5)  The oath or affirmation is an oath or affirmation that information or answers are, or will be, true.

Director must not require person to give certain undertakings

             (6)  The Director must not require the person to undertake:

                     (a)  not to disclose information or answers given at the examination; or

                     (b)  not to discuss matters relating to the examination with any other person.

52  Offence—failure to comply with examination notice

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person has been given an examination notice under section 50; and

                     (b)  the person fails:

                              (i)  to give the required information by the time, and in the manner and form, specified in the notice; or

                             (ii)  to produce the required documents by the time, and in the manner, specified in the notice; or

                            (iii)  to attend to answer questions at the time and place specified in the notice; or

                            (iv)  to take an oath or make an affirmation, if required to do so under subsection 51(4); or

                             (v)  to answer questions relevant to the investigation while attending as required by the notice.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

Note:          A court may impose a maximum fine of 30 penalty units instead of, or in addition to, a term of imprisonment. A body corporate that is convicted of an offence may be fined up to 5 times that maximum fine. (See subsections 4B(2) and (3) of the Crimes Act 1914.)

             (2)  This Part does not require a person to give information, produce a document or answer questions if to do so would disclose information that:

                     (a)  is the subject of legal professional privilege; or

                     (b)  would be protected by public interest immunity.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

53  Certain excuses not available in relation to examination notices

Excuses that are not available

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving information, producing a document, or answering a question, under an examination notice on the ground that to do so:

                     (a)  would contravene any other law; or

                     (b)  might tend to incriminate the person or otherwise expose the person to a penalty or other liability.

Use/derivative use indemnity

             (2)  However, neither:

                     (a)  the information or answer given or the document produced; nor

                     (b)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of giving the information or answer or producing the document;

is admissible in evidence against the person in proceedings, other than:

                     (c)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 52(1); or

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act; or

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence against section 149.1 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act.

54  Protection from liability

                   A person who, in good faith:

                     (a)  gives information; or

                     (b)  produces a document; or

                     (c)  answers a question;

when requested or required to do so under an examination notice is not liable to:

                     (d)  any proceedings for contravening any other law because of that conduct; or

                     (e)  civil proceedings for loss, damage or injury of any kind suffered by another person because of that conduct.

54A  Review and report by Commonwealth Ombudsman

Director to give report etc. to Commonwealth Ombudsman

             (1)  As soon as practicable after an examination of a person is completed, the Director must give the Commonwealth Ombudsman:

                     (a)  a report about the examination; and

                     (b)  a video recording of the examination; and

                     (c)  a transcript of the examination.

             (2)  The report required under paragraph (1)(a) must include:

                     (a)  a copy of the examination notice under which the examination was conducted; and

                     (b)  the following information:

                              (i)  the time and place at which the examination was conducted;

                             (ii)  the name of each person who was present at the examination;

                            (iii)  any other information prescribed by the regulations.

Review of exercise of powers under this Division

             (3)  The Commonwealth Ombudsman:

                     (a)  must review the exercise of powers under this Division by the Director and any person assisting the Director; and

                     (b)  may do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of that function.

             (4)  The Commonwealth Ombudsman’s powers under the Ombudsman Act 1976 extend to a review by the Ombudsman under this section as if the review were an investigation by the Ombudsman under that Act.

             (5)  The exercise of those powers in relation to a review by the Ombudsman under this section is taken, for all purposes, to be an exercise of powers under the Ombudsman Act 1976.

Commonwealth Ombudsman to report to Parliament

             (6)  As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, the Commonwealth Ombudsman must prepare and present to the Parliament a report about examinations conducted under this Division during that year. The report must include the results of reviews conducted under this section during that year.

             (7)  The Commonwealth Ombudsman may prepare and present to the Parliament such other reports about the results of reviews conducted under this section as the Commonwealth Ombudsman considers appropriate.

55  Retention and copying etc. of documents

Director may keep documents

             (1)  The Director may take possession of a document produced under an examination notice and keep it for as long as is necessary for the purposes of conducting the investigation to which the document is relevant.

Certified copy to be supplied to person entitled to document

             (2)  The person otherwise entitled to possession of the document is entitled to be supplied, as soon as practicable, with a copy that is certified, by one of the following persons, to be a true copy:

                     (a)  the Director;

                     (b)  an inspector;

                     (c)  a member of staff referred to in subsection 26K(1);

                     (d)  a person assisting the Director under section 26L;

                     (e)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 26M.

Certified copy to be treated as original

             (3)  The certified copy must be received in all courts and tribunals as evidence as if it were the original.

Right to inspect and copy the original

             (4)  Until a certified copy is supplied, the Director must, at such times and places as the Director considers appropriate, permit the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document (or a person authorised by that person) to inspect and make copies of all or part of the document.

56  Director may make and keep copies of documents

                   The Director may make and keep copies of all or part of any documents produced under an examination notice.

57  Secrecy provisions

             (1)  The operation of this Division is not limited by any secrecy provision of any other law (whether enacted before or after the commencement of this section), except to the extent that the secrecy provision expressly excludes the operation of this section.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), secrecy provision means a provision that prohibits the communication or divulging of information.

58  Payment for expenses incurred in attending an examination

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), a person who attends an examination as required by an examination notice is entitled to be paid fees and allowances, fixed by or calculated in accordance with the regulations, for reasonable expenses (including legal expenses) incurred by the person in attending the examination.

             (2)  The person is not entitled to be paid for expenses under this section unless the person:

                     (a)  applies, in writing, to the Director for payment of the expenses within 3 months after the examination is completed; and

                     (b)  provides to the Director sufficient evidence to establish that the person incurred the expenses.

             (3)  An application under paragraph (2)(a) must:

                     (a)  if a form is prescribed by the regulations—be in that form; and

                     (b)  include any information prescribed by the regulations.


 

Part 2Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors

Division 1Appointment

59  Appointment

             (1)  The Director may, in writing, appoint as a Fair Work Building Industry Inspector:

                     (a)  a person who has been appointed, or who is employed, by the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  a person who has been appointed, or who is employed, by a State or Territory, or who holds an office or appointment under a law of a State or Territory.

             (2)  The Director may appoint a person as an inspector only if the Director is satisfied that the person is of good character.

             (3)  An inspector is appointed for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 4 years.

Note:          An inspector is eligible for reappointment (see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901).

59A  Director is an inspector

                   The Director is an inspector by force of this section.

59B  Identity cards

             (1)  The Director must issue an identity card to an inspector appointed under section 59.

             (2)  The Minister must issue an identity card to the Director.

Form of identity card

             (3)  The identity card must:

                     (a)  be in the form approved by the Director; and

                     (b)  contain a recent photograph of the inspector.

Inspector must carry card

             (4)  An inspector must carry the identity card at all times when performing functions or exercising powers as an inspector.

Offence

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person ceases to be an inspector; and

                     (b)  the person does not, within 14 days of so ceasing, return the person’s identity card to the Director or the Minister (as the case may be).

Penalty:  1 penalty unit.

             (6)  Subsection (5) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Defence—card lost or destroyed

             (7)  Subsection (5) does not apply if the identity card was lost or destroyed.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).


 

Division 2Powers

59C  Inspectors’ powers under Fair Work and other Acts

             (1)  An inspector has the same functions and powers as a Fair Work Inspector.

             (2)  However, the functions and powers of an inspector:

                     (a)  may be performed or exercised only in relation to a building matter; and

                     (b)  are subject to such conditions and restrictions as are specified in his or her instrument of appointment.

             (3)  A matter is a building matter if it relates to a building industry participant.

             (4)  For the purposes of the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of an inspector in relation to a building matter:

                     (a)  a reference in an Act to a Fair Work Inspector has effect as if it were a reference to an inspector; and

                     (b)  a reference in an Act to the Fair Work Ombudsman has effect as if it were a reference to the Director.

             (5)  To avoid doubt, this section does not provide for the Fair Work Ombudsman to give directions to an inspector under section 704 or 705 of the FW Act.

59D  Director’s powers under Fair Work Act

             (1)  The Director has the same functions and powers, in relation to a building matter, that the Fair Work Ombudsman has under section 715 of the FW Act.

Note:          Section 715 of the FW Act provides for the Fair Work Ombudsman to accept written undertakings in relation to contraventions of that Act.

             (2)  The functions and powers conferred under subsection (1) are in addition to the functions and powers the Director has because of the operation of subsection 59C(4).

59E  Inspectors’ power to monitor compliance with Building Code

             (1)  Inspectors are also to monitor compliance with the Building Code.

             (2)  For this purpose, an inspector has the functions and powers under Subdivision D of Division 3 of Part 5‑2 of the FW Act that he or she would have if the Building Code were a fair work instrument.

59F  General directions by the Director

             (1)  The Director may, by legislative instrument, give a direction to inspectors relating to the performance of their functions or the exercise of their powers as inspectors.

             (2)  The direction must be of a general nature only, and cannot relate to a particular case.

             (3)  An inspector must comply with the direction.

59G  Particular directions by the Director

             (1)  The Director may give a direction to an inspector relating to the performance of the inspector’s functions or the exercise of the inspector’s powers as an inspector.

             (2)  The inspector must comply with the direction.

             (3)  If a direction is in writing, the direction is not a legislative instrument.


 

Part 3Federal Safety Officers

Division 1Appointment

60  Federal Safety Officers

             (1)  The Federal Safety Commissioner may, by written instrument, appoint any of the following persons as a Federal Safety Officer:

                     (a)  a person who is an employee of the Commonwealth or who holds an office or appointment under a law of the Commonwealth;

                     (b)  a person who is an employee of a State or Territory or who holds an office or appointment under a law of a State or Territory;

                     (c)  a consultant engaged under section 34.

             (2)  The Federal Safety Commissioner must not appoint a person referred to in paragraph (1)(c) as a Federal Safety Officer unless the Federal Safety Commissioner is satisfied that the person is an appropriate person to be appointed as a Federal Safety Officer.

             (3)  The Federal Safety Commissioner is a Federal Safety Officer by force of this subsection.

             (4)  In exercising powers or performing functions as a Federal Safety Officer, a Federal Safety Officer appointed under subsection (1) must comply with any directions of the Federal Safety Commissioner.

             (5)  If a direction under subsection (4) is of general application, the direction is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

             (6)  If a direction under subsection (4) relates to a particular case, the direction is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

61  Identity cards for Federal Safety Officers

             (1)  The Federal Safety Commissioner must issue to a Federal Safety Officer appointed under subsection 60(1) an identity card in the form prescribed by the regulations. The identity card must contain a recent photograph of the Federal Safety Officer.

             (2)  The Minister must issue to the Federal Safety Commissioner an identity card in the form prescribed by the regulations. The identity card must contain a recent photograph of the Federal Safety Commissioner.

             (3)  If a person to whom an identity card has been issued ceases to be a Federal Safety Officer, the person must, within 14 days, return the identity card to the Federal Safety Commissioner, or the Minister, as the case requires.

             (4)  A person must not contravene subsection (3).

Penalty:  1 penalty unit.

             (5)  Subsection (4) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (5) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (6)  A Federal Safety Officer must carry the identity card at all times when exercising powers or performing functions as a Federal Safety Officer.


 

Division 2Powers

62  Powers to enter premises etc. to ascertain compliance with Building Code

             (1)  A Federal Safety Officer may exercise powers under this section for the purpose (a compliance purpose) of ascertaining whether the Building Code has been complied with, or is being complied with, by a building industry participant.

Note:          Section 27 specifies the persons who can be required to comply with the Building Code.

             (2)  The powers may be exercised at any time during ordinary working hours or at any other time at which it is necessary to do so for a compliance purpose.

             (3)  A Federal Safety Officer may, without force, enter:

                     (a)  any premises on which the officer has reasonable cause to believe that building work is being carried out, or has been carried out, being building work to which the Building Code applies or applied; or

                     (b)  any premises on which the officer has reasonable cause to believe that a breach by a building industry participant of the Building Code has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not authorise entry onto a part of premises if that part is used for residential purposes.

             (5)  A Federal Safety Officer may do any of the following on premises referred to in subsection (3):

                     (a)  inspect any work, material, machinery, appliance, article or facility;

                     (b)  as prescribed by the regulations, take samples of any goods or substances;

                     (c)  interview any person;

                     (d)  inspect, and make copies of, any document that is on the premises, or is accessible from a computer that is kept on the premises, being a document that the officer believes, on reasonable grounds, to be relevant to compliance purposes;

                     (e)  require a person who has the custody of, or access to, a document to produce the document to the officer within a specified period.

             (6)  If a person fails to comply with a requirement under subsection (5) to produce a document, a Federal Safety Officer may, by written notice served on the person, require the person to produce the document at a specified place within a specified period (not being less than 14 days).

             (7)  Where a document is produced to a Federal Safety Officer under paragraph (5)(e) or subsection (6), the officer may:

                     (a)  inspect and copy the document; and

                     (b)  if the Federal Safety Officer gives a receipt to the person who produced the document—retain the document for as long as necessary for the purpose of exercising powers or performing functions as a Federal Safety Officer.

             (8)  While a Federal Safety Officer retains a document, the officer must permit the document to be inspected and copied, at any reasonable time, by:

                     (a)  the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document; or

                     (b)  a person authorised by the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document.

             (9)  A Federal Safety Officer may, without force, enter business premises in which a person ordinarily performs work or conducts business if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person has information relevant to compliance purposes.

           (10)  A Federal Safety Officer must not enter business premises under subsection (9) if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person concerned is not in that place.

           (11)  A Federal Safety Officer who enters premises under subsection (9) may interview the person concerned in that place.

           (12)  For the avoidance of doubt, a refusal or failure by a person to participate in an interview under this section is not to be treated as conduct covered by section 149.1 of the Criminal Code.

           (13)  Before entering premises under this section, a Federal Safety Officer must announce that the officer is authorised to enter the place. If the occupier or another person who apparently represents the occupier is present, the officer must produce the officer’s identity card to that person for inspection.

           (15)  In this section:

copy, in relation to a document, includes take extracts from the document.

Note:          The Criminal Code contains offences for obstructing or hindering Commonwealth public officials.

63  Powers to enter premises etc. to ascertain compliance with accreditation scheme

             (1)  A Federal Safety Officer may exercise powers under this section for the following purposes (compliance purposes):

                     (a)  ascertaining whether a constitutional corporation that is an applicant for accreditation meets the accreditation requirements;

                     (b)  ascertaining whether a constitutional corporation that is an accredited person has complied, or is complying, with conditions of the accreditation;

                     (c)  ascertaining whether an accredited person has complied, or is complying, with conditions of the accreditation in respect of building work in a Territory or Commonwealth place.

             (2)  The powers may be exercised at any time during ordinary working hours or at any other time at which it is necessary to do so for compliance purposes.

             (3)  A Federal Safety Officer may, without force, enter:

                     (a)  any premises on which the officer has reasonable cause to believe that building work is being carried out, or has been carried out, by the applicant or accredited person referred to in subsection (1); or

                     (b)  any premises on which the officer has reasonable cause to believe that there are documents relevant to compliance purposes.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not authorise entry onto a part of premises if that part is used for residential purposes.

             (5)  A Federal Safety Officer may do any of the following on premises referred to in subsection (3):

                     (a)  inspect any work, material, machinery, appliance, article or facility;

                     (b)  as prescribed by the regulations, take samples of any goods or substances;

                     (c)  interview any person;

                     (d)  inspect, and make copies of, any document that is on the premises, or is accessible from a computer that is kept on the premises, being a document that the officer believes, on reasonable grounds, to be relevant to compliance purposes;

                     (e)  require a person who has the custody of, or access to, a document to produce the document to the officer within a specified period.

             (6)  If a person fails to comply with a requirement under subsection (5) to produce a document, a Federal Safety Officer may, by written notice served on the person, require the person to produce the document at a specified place within a specified period (not being less than 14 days).

             (7)  Where a document is produced to a Federal Safety Officer under paragraph (5)(e) or subsection (6), the officer may:

                     (a)  inspect and copy the document; and

                     (b)  if the Federal Safety Officer gives a receipt to the person who produced the document—retain the document for as long as necessary for the purpose of exercising powers or performing functions as a Federal Safety Officer.

             (8)  While a Federal Safety Officer retains a document, the officer must permit the document to be inspected and copied, at any reasonable time, by:

                     (a)  the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document; or

                     (b)  a person authorised by the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document.

             (9)  A Federal Safety Officer may, without force, enter business premises in which a person ordinarily performs work or conducts business if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person has information relevant to compliance purposes.

           (10)  A Federal Safety Officer must not enter business premises under subsection (9) if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person concerned is not in that place.

           (11)  A Federal Safety Officer who enters premises under subsection (9) may interview the person concerned in that place.

           (12)  For the avoidance of doubt, a refusal or failure by a person to participate in an interview under this section is not to be treated as conduct covered by section 149.1 of the Criminal Code.

           (13)  Before entering premises under this section, a Federal Safety Officer must announce that the officer is authorised to enter the place. If the occupier or another person who apparently represents the occupier is present, the officer must produce the officer’s identity card to that person for inspection.

           (15)  In this section:

accreditation means accreditation under the accreditation scheme.

accredited person means a person who is accredited under the accreditation scheme.

copy, in relation to a document, includes take extracts from the document.

Note:          The Criminal Code contains offences for obstructing or hindering Commonwealth public officials.


 

Chapter 8Miscellaneous

  

  

64  Disclosure of information by the Director

Information to which this section applies

             (1)  This section applies to information (other than protected information within the meaning of section 65) that is:

                     (a)  information acquired by the Director in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as the Director; or

                     (b)  information acquired by an inspector in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as an inspector; or

                     (c)  information acquired by a member of staff referred to in subsection 26K(1) in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as a member of staff; or

                     (d)  information acquired by a person in the course of assisting the Director under section 26L, or in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as a consultant under section 26M; or

                     (e)  information acquired by a person in the course of assisting an inspector in performing functions, or exercising powers, as an inspector.

Disclosure that is necessary or appropriate, or likely to assist administration or enforcement

             (2)  The Director may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information if the Director reasonably believes:

                     (a)  that it is necessary or appropriate to do so for the purposes of the performance of the Director’s functions or the exercise of the Director’s powers; or

                     (b)  that the disclosure is likely to assist in the administration or enforcement of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory.

Disclosure to the Minister

             (3)  The Director may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information to the Minister if the Director reasonably believes that the disclosure is likely to assist the Minister to consider a complaint or issue in relation to a matter arising under this Act, the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

Disclosure to the Department

             (4)  The Director may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information to:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Department; or

                     (b)  an SES employee, or an APS employee, in the Department;

for the purpose of briefing, or considering briefing, the Minister if the Director reasonably believes the disclosure is likely to assist the Minister to consider a complaint or issue in relation to a matter arising under this Act, the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

Disclosure to the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate Advisory Board

             (5)  The Director may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information to the Advisory Board if the Director reasonably believes that the disclosure is likely to assist the Advisory Board in performing its role.

Interaction with section 66

             (6)  Subsections (2) to (4) have effect subject to section 66.

64A  Disclosure of information by the Federal Safety Commissioner

Information to which this section applies

             (1)  This section applies to information that is:

                     (a)  information acquired by the Federal Safety Commissioner in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as the Federal Safety Commissioner; or

                     (b)  information acquired by a Federal Safety Officer in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as a Federal Safety Officer; or

                     (c)  information acquired by an APS employee assisting the Federal Safety Commissioner; or

                     (d)  information acquired by a person in the course of performing functions, or exercising powers, as a consultant under section 34.

Disclosure that is necessary or appropriate, or likely to assist administration or enforcement

             (2)  The Federal Safety Commissioner may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information if the Federal Safety Commissioner reasonably believes:

                     (a)  that it is necessary or appropriate to do so for the purposes of the performance of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s functions or the exercise of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s powers; or

                     (b)  that the disclosure is likely to assist in the administration or enforcement of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory.

Disclosure to the Minister

             (3)  The Federal Safety Commissioner may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information to the Minister if the Federal Safety Commissioner reasonably believes that the disclosure is likely to assist the Minister to consider a complaint or issue in relation to a matter arising under this Act.

Disclosure to the Department

             (4)  The Federal Safety Commissioner may disclose, or authorise the disclosure of, the information to:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Department; or

                     (b)  an SES employee, or an APS employee, in the Department;

for the purpose of briefing, or considering briefing, the Minister if the Federal Safety Commissioner reasonably believes the disclosure is likely to assist the Minister to consider a complaint or issue in relation to a matter arising under this Act.

65  Protection of confidentiality of information obtained under an examination notice

             (1)  This section restricts what a person (the entrusted person) may do with protected information that the person has obtained in the course of official employment.

Note:          Although this section applies only to information that a person obtained in the course of official employment, the obligations under this section continue to apply after the person ceases to be in official employment.

Recording or disclosing

             (2)  The entrusted person must not:

                     (a)  make a record of protected information; or

                     (b)  disclose protected information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 12 months.

Permitted recording or disclosure by designated officials

             (3)  If the entrusted person is a designated official at the time of the recording or disclosure, then each of the following is an exception to the offence in subsection (2):

                     (a)  the recording or disclosure is for the purposes of the performance of the Director’s functions or the exercise of the Director’s powers;

                     (b)  the recording or disclosure happens in the course of the performance of the duties of the entrusted person’s official employment;

                     (c)  in the case of a disclosure—the disclosure is to a person appointed or employed by:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth, a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory;

                            for the purpose of assisting in building industry law enforcement;

                     (d)  the recording or disclosure is in accordance with regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Permitted recording or disclosure by other persons

             (4)  If the entrusted person is not a designated official at the time of the recording or disclosure, then each of the following is an exception to the offence in subsection (2):

                     (a)  the recording or disclosure is for the purposes of the performance of the Director’s functions or the exercise of the Director’s powers;

                     (b)  the recording or disclosure happens in the course of the performance of the duties of the entrusted person’s official employment, being duties relating to building industry law enforcement;

                     (c)  the recording or disclosure is in accordance with regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Disclosure to a Minister by a designated official

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  the entrusted person discloses protected information to any Minister; and

                    (aa)  the entrusted person is a designated official; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is not required or authorised by section 12 or 14;

then the exceptions in subsections (3) and (4) of this section do not apply to the disclosure.

Disclosure in reports under this Act

             (6)  If:

                     (a)  the entrusted person discloses protected information in a report under section 12 or 14; and

                     (b)  section 66 is not complied with in respect of the disclosure of the information in the report;

then the exceptions in subsections (3) and (4) of this section do not apply to the disclosure.

Authorisation for purposes of Privacy Act

             (7)  A disclosure of personal information is taken to be authorised by law for the purposes of paragraph (1)(d) of Information Privacy Principle 11 in section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 if the information is protected information and the disclosure is made in accordance with subsection (3) or (4) of this section.

Definitions

             (8)  In this section:

building industry law enforcement means enforcement of a law of the Commonwealth, or of a State or Territory, where the enforcement is in respect of:

                     (a)  conduct by, or in relation to, a building industry participant in that capacity; or

                     (b)  conduct that is, or relates to, building work.

designated official means any of the following:

                     (a)  the Director;

                     (b)  an inspector;

                     (c)  a member of staff referred to in subsection 26K(1);

                     (d)  a person assisting the Director under section 26L;

                     (e)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 26M;

                      (f)  the General Manager of FWA;

                     (g)  a presidential member or a Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, or an officer or member of staff referred to in section 24N of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975;

                     (h)  the Commonwealth Ombudsman, a Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman or a member of the staff referred to in subsection 31(1) of the Ombudsman Act 1976;

                      (i)  a person acting under a delegation under this Act from a person referred to in any of the preceding paragraphs.

disclose means divulge or communicate.

official employment means:

                     (a)  appointment or employment by, or the performance of services for:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth, a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  appointment as an inspector.

protected information means information that:

                     (a)  was disclosed or obtained under an examination notice or at an examination; and

                     (b)  was obtained by the entrusted person, or by any other person, in the course of official employment; and

                     (c)  relates to a person other than the entrusted person.

66  Reports not to include information relating to an individual’s affairs

             (1)  Information relating to the affairs of an individual must not be included in a report under section 12 or 14 if:

                     (a)  the individual is named, or otherwise specifically identified, in the report as the individual to whom the information relates; or

                     (b)  it is reasonably likely that people generally (other than people to whom the individual has disclosed information relating to the individual’s affairs) would be able to work out the identity of the individual to whom the information relates.

             (2)  For the purposes of applying paragraph (1)(b) to information relating to a particular individual’s affairs, the context in which the information appears, and information that is otherwise publicly available, must be taken into account (as well as any other relevant matter).

68  Delegation by Minister

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing, delegate all or any of the Minister’s functions or powers under Chapter 3 to:

                     (a)  the Director; or

                     (b)  the Federal Safety Commissioner.

             (2)  In performing functions or exercising powers delegated under subsection (1), the Director and the Federal Safety Commissioner must comply with any directions of the Minister.

Note:          See also sections 34AA and 34AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

71  Director may intervene in court proceedings

             (1)  The Director may intervene in the public interest in a civil proceeding before a court in a matter that:

                     (a)  arises under this Act; or

                     (b)  arises under the Independent Contractors Act 2006, the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 and involves:

                              (i)  a building industry participant; or

                             (ii)  building work.

             (2)  If the Director intervenes in a proceeding under subsection (1), the Director is taken to be a party to the proceeding and has all the rights, duties and liabilities of such a party.

72  Director may make submissions in FWA proceedings

                   The Director may, by giving written notice to the General Manager of FWA, make a submission in a matter before FWA that arises under the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 and involves:

                     (a)  a building industry participant; or

                     (b)  building work.

73  Director etc. must not participate in court proceedings in relation to settled matters

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  the Director (or an inspector) and another party or parties are joint applicants in a building proceeding before a court; or

                             (ii)  the Director (or an inspector) has intervened in a building proceeding before a court under subsection 71(1); and

                     (b)  before the court has given judgement in the proceeding:

                              (i)  the matter that is the subject of the proceeding is settled between the parties to the proceeding (or if more than one matter is the subject of the proceeding—one or more of those matters is settled between the parties to the proceeding); and

                             (ii)  a notice is filed in the court discontinuing the proceeding to the extent that it relates to the settled matter or matters.

             (2)  The Director (or inspector) must not continue to participate in the building proceeding to the extent that it relates to the settled matter or matters.

             (3)  A reference in subparagraph (1)(b)(i) to parties to the proceeding does not include a reference to the Director (or inspector).

             (4)  In this section:

building proceeding means a civil proceeding in relation to a matter that arises under a designated building law and involves a building industry participant.

73A  Director etc. must not institute court proceedings in relation to settled matters

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a building proceeding was instituted in a court; and

                     (b)  neither the Director nor an inspector:

                              (i)  was a party to the proceeding; or

                             (ii)  had intervened in the proceeding; and

                     (c)  the matter that was the subject of the proceeding was settled between the parties to the proceeding (or if more than one matter was the subject of the proceeding—one or more of those matters was settled between the parties to the proceeding); and

                     (d)  a notice was filed in the court discontinuing the proceeding to the extent that it related to the settled matter or matters.

             (2)  The Director (or an inspector) must not institute a building proceeding in a court if the conduct giving rise to the proceeding was the subject of the settled matter or matters referred to in paragraph (1)(c).

             (3)  In this section:

building proceeding has the same meaning as in subsection 73(4).

74  General Manager of FWA must keep Director informed

                   The General Manager of FWA must, as soon as practicable, notify the Director of:

                     (a)  every application lodged with FWA, or the General Manager of FWA under the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009, where the application relates to a matter that involves:

                              (i)  a building industry participant; or

                             (ii)  building work; and

                     (b)  the outcome of each such application.

75  Jurisdiction of the Federal Court

                   Jurisdiction is conferred on the Federal Court in relation to any matter arising under this Act.

75A  Exercising jurisdiction in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (b)  a writ of mandamus or prohibition or an injunction is sought in the Federal Court against a person holding office under this Act; or

                     (c)  a declaration is sought under section 21 of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to a matter arising under this Act; or

                     (d)  an injunction is sought under section 23 of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to a matter arising under this Act; or

                     (e)  a prosecution is instituted in the Federal Court under this Act; or

                      (f)  an appeal is instituted in the Federal Court from a judgment of the Federal Magistrates Court or a court of a State or Territory in a matter arising under this Act; or

                     (g)  proceedings in relation to a matter arising under this Act are transferred to the Federal Court from the Federal Magistrates Court; or

                     (h)  the Federal Magistrates Court or a court of a State or Territory states a case or reserves a question for the consideration of the Federal Court in a matter arising under this Act; or

                      (i)  the High Court remits a matter arising under this Act to the Federal Court.

             (2)  The jurisdiction of the Federal Court is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court.

76  Court not to require undertaking as to damages

                   If the Director or an inspector is an applicant in court proceedings under the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009, the court cannot require the Director, the inspector or another person, as a condition of granting an interim injunction, to give undertakings as to damages.

77  Director etc. not liable for conduct in good faith

             (1)  No one is liable to civil proceedings for loss, damage or injury of any kind suffered by another person as a result of anything done, or omitted to be done, in good faith and without negligence:

                     (a)  by a protected person in the exercise, or purported exercise, of functions, powers or duties under, or in relation to, this Act; or

                     (b)  by a protected person in the exercise, or purported exercise, of functions, powers or duties under, or in relation to, the Independent Contractors Act 2006, the FW Act or the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009, where the exercise, or purported exercise, of the function, power or duty relates to a matter that involves:

                              (i)  a building industry participant; or

                             (ii)  building work.

             (2)  In this section:

protected person means any of the following:

                     (a)  the Director;

                     (b)  an inspector;

                     (c)  a member of staff referred to in subsection 26K(1);

                     (d)  a person assisting the Director under section 26L;

                     (e)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 26M;

                      (f)  the Federal Safety Commissioner;

                     (g)  a Federal Safety Officer;

                     (h)  an APS employee assisting the Federal Safety Commissioner;

                      (i)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 34;

                      (j)  the General Manager of FWA;

                     (k)  the Independent Assessor;

                      (l)  a presidential member or a Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, or an officer or member of staff referred to in section 24N of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975;

                    (m)  the Commonwealth Ombudsman, a Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman or a member of the staff referred to in subsection 31(1) of the Ombudsman Act 1976;

                     (n)  a person acting under a delegation under this Act from a person referred to in any of the preceding paragraphs.

78  Regulations

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the regulations may make provision for, and in relation to, the following:

                     (b)  the manner in which, and the time within which, applications under this Act may be made and dealt with;

                     (c)  the form of notices that are required or permitted to be given under this Act;

                      (f)  penalties for offences against the regulations, not exceeding a fine of 10 penalty units;

                     (g)  civil penalties for contraventions of the regulations, not exceeding:

                              (i)  for a body corporate—25 penalty units; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—5 penalty units.

             (3)  Despite subsection 12(2) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003:

                     (a)  the first regulations made for the purposes of subsection 5(3) may be expressed to take effect from the commencement of that subsection; and

                     (b)  the first regulations made for the purposes of subsection 5(4) may be expressed to take effect from the commencement of that subsection; and

                     (c)  the first regulations made for the purposes of subsection 7(2) may be expressed to take effect from the commencement of that subsection;

so long as those regulations are made within 120 days after the commencement of this subsection.


Notes to the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012

Note 1

The Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 113, 2005 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

The Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 was amended by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2006 (No. 1) (SLI 2006 No. 50 as amended by SLI 2006 No. 119) and the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2006 (No. 2) (SLI 2006 No. 99). The amendments are incorporated in this compilation.

The Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 was amended by the Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009 (No. 54, 2009) as amended by the Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Regulations 2009 (SLI 2009 No. 165 as amended by SLI 2009 No. 364). The amendment is incorporated in this compilation.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005

113, 2005

12 Sept 2005

Ss. 4–8, 36–38, 41 and 42: 9 Mar 2005
Remainder: Royal Assent

 

Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Independent Contractors) Act 2006

163, 2006

11 Dec 2006

Schedule 2 (items 6, 6A,
8–19): 1 Mar 2007 (see s. 2(1) and F2007L00412)

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (OHS) Act 2007

153, 2007

24 Sept 2007

Schedule 1 (item 2): 1 Oct 2007 (see F2007L03846)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 1 (item 5)

Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008

8, 2008

20 Mar 2008

Schedules 1–7: 28 Mar 2008 (see F2008L00959)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Board and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Act 2008

26, 2008

23 June 2008

Schedule 1 (items 43–46): Royal Assent

Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009

54, 2009

25 June 2009

S. 4: Royal Assent
Schedule 8 (items 2–84,
155–158): (a)

S. 4 and Sch. 8 (items
155–158)

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Schedule 2 (items 314–317) and Schedule 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011

Sch. 3 (items 10, 11)

Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011

58, 2011

28 June 2011

Schedule 1 (items 26, 27): (b)

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Act 2012

42, 2012

15 Apr 2012

Schedule 1: 1 June 2012 (see F2012L01107)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 2


(a)     Subsection 2(1) (items 24 and 30) of the Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

24.  Schedule 8, items 1 to 130

Immediately after the commencement of Part 2‑4 of the Fair Work Act 2009.

1 July 2009

30.  Schedule 8, items 140 to 161

Immediately after the commencement of Part 2‑4 of the Fair Work Act 2009.

1 July 2009

(b)     Subsection 2(1) (item 2) of the Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

2.  Schedules 1 and 2

Immediately after the commencement of section 2 of the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011.

1 July 2011


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted    am. = amended    rep. = repealed    rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Chapter 1

 

S. 1....................................

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 3....................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 4....................................

am. SLI 2006 Nos. 50 and 99; No. 163, 2006; No. 8, 2008; No. 54, 2009; No. 58, 2011; No. 42, 2012

S. 5....................................

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 7....................................

am. No. 46, 2011

Chapter 2

 

Chapt. 2............................

rs. No. 42, 2012

Part 1

 

S. 9....................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 10..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 11..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 12..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 13..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 14..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 15..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 16..................................

am. No. 46, 2011

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

Note to s. 16.....................

ad. No. 46, 2011

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 17..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 18..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 19..................................

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S. 20..................................

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S. 21..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 22..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

Part 2

 

S. 23..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 24..................................

am. No. 26, 2008; No. 58, 2011

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 25..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 26..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 26A................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26B................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26C................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26D................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26E................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26F................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26G...............................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26H................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Part 3

 

S. 26J................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26K................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26L................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 26M...............................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Chapter 3

 

S. 28..................................

rep. No. 42, 2012

Chapter 4

 

Part 1

 

S. 34..................................

am. No. 153, 2007

Part 2

 

Part 2 of Chapt. 4.............

rs. No. 153, 2007

S. 35..................................

rs. No. 153, 2007

Chapt. 5............................

rep. No. 42, 2012

Heading to Part 3.............
of Chapt. 5

rs. No. 54, 2009
rep. No. 42, 2012

Chapt. 6............................

rep. No. 42, 2012

Chapter 7

 

Part 1

 

Part 1 of Chapt. 7.............

rs. No. 42, 2012

Division 1

 

S. 36..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 36A................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Division 2

 

Subdivision A

 

S. 36B................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 36C................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 36D................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 37A................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37B................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37C................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37D................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37E................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37F................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 37G...............................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Subdivision B

 

S. 38..................................

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S. 39..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 40..................................

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 41..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50

 

rep. No. 54, 2009

 

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 42..................................

am. SLI 2006 Nos. 50 and 119; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 43..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

Division 3

 

Heading to s. 44...............

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 44..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 45..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

Example to s. 45(1)..........

ad. SLI 2006 No. 50

 

rep. No. 54, 2009

S. 46..................................

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 47..................................

rs. SLI 2006 No. 50

 

rep. No. 163, 2006

 

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 48..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 49..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 50..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 51..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 52..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 53...............

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 53..................................

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 54..................................

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 54A................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Subhead. to s. 55(1).........

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 55..................................

am. No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 56...............

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 56..................................

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 57..................................

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S. 58..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

Part 2

 

Heading to Part 2 of.........
Chapt. 7

rs. No. 42, 2012

Part 2 of Chapt. 7.............

ad. No. 42, 2012

Division 1

 

Heading to Div. 1 of.........
Part 2 of Chapt. 7

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 59..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 59A................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 59B................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Division 2

 

Div. 2 of Part 2 of..............
Chapt. 7

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 59C................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 59D................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 59E................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 59F................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 59G...............................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Heading to Div. 3 of.........
Part 2 of Chapt. 7

rep. No. 42, 2012

Part 3

 

Heading to Part 3 of.........
Chapt. 7

ad. No. 42, 2012

Division 1

 

Heading to Div. 1 of.........
Part 3 of Chapt. 7

ad. No. 42, 2012

Division 2

 

Heading to Div. 2 of.........
Part 3 of Chapt. 7

ad. No. 42, 2012

S. 62..................................

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 63..................................

am. No. 42, 2012

Chapter 8

 

S. 64..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009 (as am. by SLI 2009 No. 165)

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 64A................................

ad. No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 65...............

rs. No. 42, 2012

Subhead. to s. 65(5).........

am. No. 153, 2007

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 65..................................

am. No. 153, 2007; No. 54, 2009; No. 42, 2012

S. 67..................................

am. No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009

 

rep. No. 42, 2012

S. 68..................................

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 69..................................

rep. No. 42, 2012

S. 70..................................

rep. No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 71...............

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 71..................................

am. No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009; No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 72...............

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 72..................................

am. No. 54, 2009; No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 73...............

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

Subhead. to s. 73(1).........

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 54, 2009

 

rep. No. 42, 2012

S. 73..................................

am. SLI 2006 No. 50; No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 73A................................

ad. No. 163, 2006

 

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 74...............

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 74..................................

am. No. 54, 2009; No. 42, 2012

Subhead. to s. 75(3).........

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rep. No. 42, 2012

S. 75..................................

am. No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 75A................................

ad. No. 54, 2009

 

am. No. 42, 2012

S. 75B................................

ad. No. 54, 2009

 

rep. No. 42, 2012

S. 76..................................

am. No. 54, 2009

 

rs. No. 42, 2012

Heading to s. 77...............

rs. No. 42, 2012

S. 77..................................

am. No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009; No. 42, 2012

S. 78..................................

am. No. 163, 2006; No. 54, 2009; No. 42, 2012


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (OHS) Act
2007 (No. 153, 2007)

Schedule 1

5  Transitional—consultants

(1)       This item applies if, immediately before the commencement of item 1 of this Schedule, a person is engaged as a consultant under section 34 of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005.

(2)       The person’s engagement has effect from the commencement of item 1 as if the person were engaged under section 34 of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 as amended by that item.

 

Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009 (No. 54, 2009)

4  Definition

                   In this Act:

WR Act repeal day has the meaning given by Schedule 2 to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

Schedule 8

155  General transitional provision relating to functions and powers of the ABC Commissioner and ABC inspectors

If the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 confers a function or power on the ABC Commissioner or an ABC inspector in relation to the Fair Work Act 2009, the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 has effect, on and after the WR Act repeal day, as if the function or power were also conferred in relation to:

                     (a)  the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as in force before the WR Act repeal day; and

                     (b)  the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as continued in force after the WR Act repeal day by the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

156  Transitional provision relating to paragraph 44(1)(c)

Despite the amendment of paragraph 44(1)(c) of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 made by item 50 of this Schedule, that paragraph applies, in relation to a building agreement made before the WR Act repeal day as if it referred to that agreement.

157  Transitional provision relating to paragraph 64(1)(d)

Despite the repeal of paragraph 64(1)(d) of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 by item 63 of this Schedule, that paragraph continues to apply, in relation to an agreement entered into before the WR Act repeal day, as if it had not been repealed.

158  Transitional provisions relating to the Industrial Registrar

(1)       Section 65 of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 applies, on and after the WR Act repeal day, in relation to the Industrial Registrar as if the Industrial Registrar were a designated person.

(2)       Section 74 of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005, as in force immediately before the WR Act repeal day, continues to apply in relation to an application lodged before that day.

(3)       Subsection 77(2) of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 applies, on and after the WR Act repeal day, in relation to the Industrial Registrar as if the Industrial Registrar were a protected person.

 

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011 (No. 46, 2011)

Schedule 3

10  Saving—appointments

The amendments made by Schedule 2 do not affect the validity of an appointment that was made under an Act before the commencement of this item and that was in force immediately before that commencement.

11  Transitional regulations

The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments and repeals made by Schedules 1 and 2.

 

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Act 2012 (No. 42, 2012)

Schedule 2

1  Regulations may deal with transitional etc. matters

(1)       The Governor‑General may make regulations dealing with matters of a transitional, saving or application nature relating to amendments made by this Act.

(2)       In this item:

amendments made by this Act includes amendments made by regulations under item 2 of this Schedule.

2  Regulations may make consequential amendments of Acts

(1)       The Governor‑General may make regulations amending Acts being amendments that are consequential on, or that otherwise relate to, the amendments made by this Act.

(2)       Amendments of an Act made by regulations for the purposes of this item can be incorporated into a reprint or compilation of the Act as provided by the Acts Publication Act 1905.

3  Regulations may take effect from date before registration

(1)       Despite subsection 12(2) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 and subject to subitem (2), regulations made under item 1 or 2 of this Schedule may be expressed to take effect from a date before the regulations are registered under that Act.

(2)       If:

                     (a)  regulations made under item 1 or 2 of this Schedule are expressed to take effect from a date (the registration date) before the regulations are registered under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003; and

                     (b)  a person engaged in conduct before the registration date; and

                     (c)  but for the retrospective effect of the regulations, the conduct would not have contravened a provision of an Act;

then a court must not convict the person of an offence, or order the person to pay a pecuniary penalty, in relation to the conduct on the grounds that it contravened a provision of that Act.