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Queensland Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry

The Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry outlines specific principles and standards of behaviour that underpin best practice while promoting positive change in the industry.

  • define ethics and standards of behaviour expected of all parties
  • encourage best practice and improve the performance of all parties for the relevant industry
  • promote a cooperative approach when dealing with various parties
  • outline expectations for workplace health and safety environmental management
  • maximise opportunities for local industry participation as an aspect of value for money
  • encourage professional development and industry training
  • encourage high standards from those involved in the industry with commitment to comply with all laws, regulations, codes of practice and contracts relating to the industry.

1 Introduction

Improved performance in the building and construction industry has a marked influence on the wellbeing of the Queensland economy. To sustain this performance in an increasingly globalised market, the industry must strive for continuous improvement, integration, value for money and international competitiveness.

2 Relationships and Responsibilities

Successful working relationships are built upon the essential qualities of trust, cooperation, equity and honesty. These qualities should be reflected in all links in the contractual chain. Parties shall make a positive commitment to develop relationships that are founded on common goals and shared benefits rather than conflict.

3 Tendering Ethics

The Australian Standard Code of Tendering (AS 4120-19941) constitutes a statement of ethics that underpins best-practice tendering procedures and obligates all parties who adopt it to refuse to condone unethical behaviour by others in the industry. All parties operating at all levels on Queensland Government building and construction projects are to adopt ethical principles consistent with The Australian Standard Code of Tendering.

4 Continuous Improvement and Best Practice

Describes best paractice standards for project planning and management.

5. Workforce Management

Workforce management will ensure workplace health and safety; industrial relations, training and skill development are integrated with the organisational procedures, practices and performance standards of the organisation. Effective workforce management at all levels of the construction industry is a key contributor to achieving the Key Priorities and Objectives.

6. Compliance

Breaches of the Code and any related Implementation Guidelines by parties to the Code as may be evidenced through non-compliance or unethical activity, may result in sanctions being invoked.

7. Definitions

Definitions of terms used in this code: Award, Best Practice, Building and Construction Industry, Certified Agreement, Client, Code of Practice, Consultant, Contract, Contractor, Employee, Employer, Employer Association, Government Agency, Party, Principal, Principal Contractor, Project, Service Provider, Subcontractor, Supplier, Tender, Tenderer, Union,Value for Money.

Last reviewed
26 February 2010
Last updated
20 August 2013

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