New ABCC Building Code Service Available from BROWZ
Oct 25, 2017
What are the ABCC Building Code Requirements?
The ABCC Act was passed by the Australian Parliament in late 2016. The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work (which is generally called the Building Code) was also issued under the ABCC Act in December 2016, and the implementation of the Code was then subsequently set to September 2017. The Code now places obligations on Principal Contractors to monitor their sub-contractors against Code requirements today.
The intent of the government is to improve procedures and behaviours in the construction industry. This will impact on all participants in the industry, particularly as the definition of “building” work is very broad.
How can BROWZ help companies with the new ABCC Building Code Requirements?
BROWZ Australia has developed a questionnaire which helps Principal Contractors and Lead Contractors assess their sub-contractors under the Building Code. We’ve developed the questionnaire in conjunction with our construction company clients in Australia and with advice from the Australian Industry Group.
What does BROWZ do?
BROWZ has been providing supplier and sub-contractor prequalification services to clients globally for over 15 years. In Australia, we have clients in the construction, manufacturing, mining, rail, utility, and asset management industries, among many others.
The new regulatory environment of the Building Code is a natural extension of our services.
Can you explain the four parts to the Building Code Questionnaire and Service?
There are four sections to the BROWZ Building Code services.
1) The first section asks basic company information. It includes things like company name, the associated ABN or ACN, the key contact people and their contact details, and so on. This does sound very basic, but is essential that Principal Contractors always have this information up to date and visible across the company.
2) The second section comprises a questionnaire to collect sub-contractor information relevant to the Code. This includes whether the subbie does building work, whether they have related entities, and whether the related entities do building work, and whether any has been given an order, a judgement or has been sanctioned.
- This part also collects information about the industrial instruments, or EBAs – when they were signed, and whether they have been endorsed by the ABCC.
- Going further, the questionnaire also collects information about the sub-contractor’s policies and procedures for WHS, fitness for work, random drug testing, recruitment of non-Australians, freedom to be union members, and so on.
- Principal Contractors can put rules on these questions, to help assess whether they think a subbie is compliant with the Code and can be used on federally-funded work.
- It’s also worth noting that the subbies themselves will find this questionnaire very helpful to understand what they need to do, to be eligible for federal projects.
3) The third part of the service is a Training module, where Principal Contractors can upload their training materials. Employees of sub-contractors get registered, and can then do the training on-line, and have their results recorded. The training materials could range from general corporate inductions, to site-specific inductions, to safety training, and to training of behaviours associated with Code requirements. The date of compliance of each employee is also recorded, and can be linked to gate access systems if you wish. This is a very powerful module, because it ensures that only compliant sub-contractor companies go on site, and that the employees of those companies are also compliant with induction, safety training and Code requirements.
4) The fourth part of the service consists of audit management tools. Principal Contractors may wish to engage third party auditors to do audits on their subbies, to investigate some of the policies and procedures in more detail. The audit results can be stored in the BROWZ system, together with documents listing remedial actions for example.
Why is this helpful to industry?
The BROWZ pre-qualification services help clients understand the real capabilities of their suppliers, which in turn reduces risk and improves operational outcomes.
We have systems which compare suppliers against standards set by our clients and of course standards set by regulators.
As you can appreciate, the service will be a very powerful and helpful way to assess your sub-contractors against the Code, but also just for good practices.
BROWZ can also help monitor company information, insurances, safety history, management systems, WHS systems, workforce diversity, transport Chain of Responsibility, and many more
Where can I learn more information about BROWZ?
The Building Code service is now available from BROWZ as part of our very comprehensive pre-qualification programs.
If you are interested to learn more, or to receive a proposal, please go to the BROWZ Australian Business and Contstruction Commission (abcc) page.
Owen West, Managing Director of BROWZ Australia