Construction cop given more ammunition

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Construction cop given more ammunition

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has received a $3.7 million funding increase to boost its ability to enforce the rule of law on work sites.

The Australian Building and Construction Commission is set to receive a $3.7 million funding injection over four years from 2019-20. The additional funding and resources will boost its ability to enforce the rule of law on building and construction sites.  
 
Since it was re-established in 2016, the ABCC has received more than 470 complaints and carried out 355 investigations.   

The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the government was "committed to addressing the lawlessness, thuggery and intimidation in the building and construction industry". 
 
The ABCC also plays a key role in safeguarding workers’ entitlements. Since being re-established, more than $450,000 has been returned to employees following ABCC intervention. 
 
“This additional funding will allow for more frontline investigators to make sure that workers are receiving all their wages and entitlements correctly. It will also help small businesses in the industry to understand their obligations,” the minister said.
 
“The ABCC ensures that work on construction sites is carried out fairly, efficiently, safely and productively for the benefit of workers, businesses and the Australian economy.” 
 
To date more than $20 million in penalties has been awarded in cases brought by ABCC and its predecessors against the CFMMEU, other building industry unions and employers.  
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