Statement from the Building Industry Consultative Council
The Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC) is a high-level advisory council to the Minister for Industrial Relations. It is made up of employers, industry associations, unions and Government. The BICC advises the Minister on economic, workplace and industrial relations issues affecting Victoria’s building and construction industry.
Today at a specially convened meeting the Council endorsed a comprehensive set of Guidance Notes for the Building Industry for COVID-19 that have been developed by industry participants and the Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe.
The Guidelines deal with Safety, work organisation, physical distancing, responding to positive COVID-19 cases, cleaning and disinfection of worksites and other related matters.
The Guidelines represent a single point of reference for all employers and workers across all sectors of the building and construction industry.
The Chair of the BICC, Peter Parkinson, said the industry needs to be focussed on the safety of its people as a first priority and keeping people employed safely. He said “We can only do that if we all commit to the new way of working. These guidelines provide the best way to achieve that.”
He said there had been tremendous collaboration between all parties, focussed to keep this industry and the community safe. “All the leaders in this industry are committed to delivering vitally important infrastructure and buildings safely”.
He said the Council welcomed and endorsed comments from the Prime Minister and the Premier in recognising the industry as an essential service. Mr Parkinson said “the Council members have been assured by the relevant health and safety authorities that by complying with these guidelines the industry can keep people safe, employed and contributing to the economy.
If employers or workers do not comply with the Guidelines, they are being unsafe to themselves and to the wider community, and these sites will need to be shut down. There should be no compromise. The safety of workers, their families and the community must come first.”
Download the Guidelines here .