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    New building code comes into effect

    Published on 13 February 2019, Wednesday, 1:57 AM

    The start of February has ushered in a new building code issued under the Fair Work Act 2012, which indicates the government's "firm commitment" to ensuring those working in the building and construction industry have a "clear set" of consistent standards.

    The Building Code 2013 came into effect on February 1, with minister for employment and workplace relations Bill Shorten stating that the code would cut red tape by allowing those in the industry to "more easily" demonstrate compliance with a range of requirements appropriate to building work.

    "The building and construction industry is a key factor in the success of the Australian economy and the government is committed to strengthening the sector to help support jobs, growth and productivity," Mr Shorten said.

    Acting chief executive of Master Builders Australia, Richard Calver, says that there is concern from the building and construction industry that the new code is being hastily implemented with a lack of consultation.

    "We have essentially been given a mere 24 hours to examine the code and advise the industry how to comply," said Mr Calver.

    He adds that the intention to cut red tape by allowing building industry participants to demonstrate compliance is welcome, as well as provisions preventing industry participants from applying "undue pressure and coercion".

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