New code of conduct for WA building industry

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A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.

Finance and Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange said the introduction of the WA Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016, together with recent amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 and the introduction of Project Bank Accounts for Department of Finance contracts, would promote competition and support small businesses so they were not subjected to unfair business practices.

"Non-compliance of the code could see building and construction contractors excluded from working on Government projects," Mr L'Estrange said.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the code would apply from January 1, 2017 to major State building and construction contracts worth more than $10 million and would be rolled out to all other contracts when provisions could be drafted and included in the tendering process.

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