Updated code for Victorian building contracts

The new code sets out requirements and obligations for companies tendering for Victorian Government construction projects in a more streamlined manner

A new Code of Practice has been introduced to Victoria's building and construction industry.

The new Code, which came into effect on October 8, replaces and updates the previous Code introduced in 1999 and the Implementation Guidelines introduced by the Coalition Government in 2012.

The changes apply to Victorian construction projects previously covered by the Implementation Guidelines, and will be monitored by the Construction Code Compliance Unit (CCCU) in the Department of Treasury and Finance.

The Minister for Finance, Robert Clark, says the establishment of the Guidelines in 2012 have already delivered important benefits, particularly in ensuring that both Commonwealth and Victorian laws are upheld on Victorian Government building and construction sites.

"The new Victorian Code sets out the requirements and obligations for companies tendering for Victorian Government construction projects in a consolidated and more streamlined manner," says Mr Clark.

"Workplace conduct, agreements, arrangements, practices and procedures engaged in or entered into from 8 October 2014 must not be inconsistent with the objectives of the Victorian Code... Contractors must also comply, and be able to demonstrate past compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and must report requests or demands by unions in relation to secondary boycotts."

Tenderers previously covered by the Implementation Guidelines must also comply with the new Victorian Code, and from now on will need to complete a declaration that confirms compliance when expressing interest in or tender for Victorian Government construction work. The Victorian Code will be monitored by the CCCU in the Department of Treasury and Finance.

The Code can be accessed from the Department of Treasury and Finance website.