The Australian Government has today announced the appointment of Mr Stephen McBurney as the Commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) for a five-year term commencing on 6 February 2018.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said Mr McBurney has been appointed following a merit-based selection process.

“I congratulate Mr McBurney on his appointment. He joins us from the Victorian Office of Chief Examiner, where he has been responsible for investigating serious organised crime over the last nine years,” Minister Laundy said.

Mr McBurney has a proven track record in previous ABCC litigation as he worked as an Assistant Commissioner (Legal) for the ABCC from 2006-08, where he was also responsible for the implementation of compliance powers.

“In addition to his outstanding legal career, Mr McBurney was one of the AFL’s most experienced and highly regarded umpires, one of four umpires to reach the 400-game milestone,” Minister Laundy said.

“The building industry is a vital sector of Australia’s economy, employing more than one million Australians. The ABCC plays a critical role in maintaining the rule of law and promoting improved workplace relations to ensure building work is carried out fairly, productively and for the benefit of all.”