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Transition to Fair Work Australia for building and construction industry.
The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister 22 May, 2008
Transition to Fair Work Australia for building and construction industry
The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard today attended the Australian Building
and Construction Commission’s Industry Consultative Forum.
It is the first time since 2006 that the Forum has been attended by all industry participants.
The Rudd Labor Government is committed to ensuring that all participants in the building and construction
industry comply with the Australia’s workplace relations laws to the letter.
The Rudd Government has no tolerance for behaviour that breaks the law whether it be unlawful industrial
action or underpayment of employees.
It is the intention of the Rudd Labor Government to always have a tough cop on the beat in the building and
The Rudd Labor Government will deliver on its pre-election commitment to retain the Australian Building
and Construction Commission until 31 January 2010 and to replace it at that time with a specialist building
and construction division of the inspectorate of Fair Work Australia (‘the Specialist Division’).
Consistent with our commitments last year, we will shortly commence a process of extensive consultation with
industry stakeholders about ensuring that the transition to those new arrangements will be orderly, effective
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This will involve a process of consultation and report which will be conducted by the Honourable Murray
Wilcox QC, a former Australian Federal Court judge.
As announced at the Forum, it is the Government’s intention to seek feedback on the terms of reference to be
issued to the Honourable Murray Wilcox QC.
Subject to feedback received on the terms of reference, the Government will ask his Honour to consult and
report on all matters related to the creation of the Specialist Division including but not limited to: