In November last year the Senate passed the Government’s legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) – this was the bill used in July as a constitutional trigger for the double dissolution election, so it’s been controversial from the start.
It’s aim is to police illegal activity within the construction industry and improve productivity through tougher penalties, but the Opposition and Greens say it is “anti-union”.
However what interests us most is the new building codes for Commonwealth-funded building projects which will require locally made building materials and content have been inserted into procurement standards.
Taking effect from March this year businesses bidding for these projects worth more than $4 million must show
- how much locally-produced material they will source
- how they are contributing to local employment
- how they are growing local skills
- the whole-of-life cost of the project, not just he build cost
- that the materials they use comply with Australian product standards
It’s important to Australian manufacturers that the new building code will be backing locally made product that’s fit for purpose and adheres to Australian Standards.
With Water Authorities throughout Australia still varying in what they approve, the new code is welcomed by Halgan™, an Australian made and owned Company that manufactures the only Certified AS/NZ1546.1 grease trap on the market .