NSW ‘reluctantly’ signs up to federal IR construction code

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NSW ‘reluctantly’ signs up to federal IR construction code

Despite its protests, the NSW Government has signed up to the Federal Government’s Auslink agreement on road and transport funding which insists on projects funded by the Federal Government adhering to its IR regime.

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Despite its protests, the NSW Government has signed up to the Federal Government’s Auslink agreement on road and transport funding which insists on projects funded by the Federal Government adhering to its IR regime.

NSW Roads Minister Joe Tripodi said it was ‘bizarre’ that the Federal Government had linked roads funding to industrial relations ‘but the harsh reality is that if the NSW Government did not sign Auslink by October 1 our road funding would be shifted to other States.’

He said funding which would have been lost included: 

  • $508 million on projects where contracts have been awarded, including the Albury Bypass and work on the Pacific Highway;

  • $432 million in road maintenance funding over four years.

Tripodi said he was concerned the Federal Government’s new National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry would lead to more disputes, higher project costs and extended completion times. 

He said Victoria operated exclusively in the federal system and its construction industry accounted for 41% of the nation’s working days lost compared to less than 7% for the NSW construction industry. 

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