Master Builders Australia (MBA) has endorsed the reforms announced by
the Government to safety regulations applicable in the building and
Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said that the reforms
will reinforce the primacy of safety on building sites and lead to better
According to Wilhelm Harnisch, eliminating counter-productive paper
based compliance and regulatory duplication will allow builders and contractors
to focus on real initiatives to make the building site safer, instead of sitting
in site sheds completing unnecessary compliance paperwork.
He explained that the changes to the Government’s Building and
Construction Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme will streamline
regulatory requirements for builders with good safety records, freeing them up
to implement practical measures to enhance workplace safety.
The reforms will also better equip the Federal Safety Commissioner to
work with builders and contractors to improve compliance with safety laws while
lightening the regulatory load for those who do the right thing.
Master Builders extended its complete support to the Government’s move
to improve safety by responsibly cutting red tape for building and construction
contractors, particularly small firms that comprise 98% of the industry.