Demise of ABCC Reopens Old Wounds and the Australian Economy will Suffer

The demise today of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC) via legislation passed in the Senate will reopen wounds of the past on building sites across Australia, stated the CEO of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), Mr Robert Hunt.

The AIB has worked to bring professionalism to building and construction for over 60 years, which will be harmed by this short-sighted decision. The work and dedication of the tens of thousands of professionally qualified construction managers have been made that much harder, and the repercussions could be detrimental to the Australian economy, Mr Hunt said.

The latest forecasts for the industry in some states are not bright, and the added burden of dealing with unprofessional practices on building and construction sites will add to the costs of construction. These practices may also potentially delay vital infrastructure projects and jeopardise attempts by AIB members to deliver quality outcomes for clients.

The abolition of the ABCC is a retrograde and dangerous step. However, the AIB and its professional members will work with the Government to get the best out of the new regulator, despite its limited powers.