The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner administers an ongoing on-site audit program as part of the Scheme.
These audits aim to verify the implementation of claims made in documentation when applying for accreditation. Once accredited, builders are subject to ongoing audits to assess compliance against the Scheme criteria. See the OFSC Auditing Criteria and the Audit Criteria Evidence Guide for further information.
Audits are conducted in the following circumstances:
- Accreditation and Reaccreditation audits
- Project Safety audits
- Maintenance audits
- Special audits
Accreditation and Reaccreditation Audits
When a builder applies for accreditation or reaccreditation under the Scheme, the application undergoes a two-stage assessment. Stage 1 is a review of your application, including the gap-analysis. Stage 2 is an on-site audit to verify implementation of the claims made in documentation supplied in the application.
On-site audits are conducted against OFSC Auditing Criteria which cover three key areas:
- WHS management systems criteria
- Scheme criteria
- Hazard criteria
If one or more non-conformances are raised at the initial audit the builder may be required to undergo a follow up audit to verify that any corrective actions made to their system to address the non-conformance(s) have been implemented on site. For more information, see Fact Sheet: Audit results and the Corrective Actions and the Audit Process.
Project safety audits
When an accredited builder is awarded a contract for building work covered by the Scheme, project safety audits are conducted over the life of the project.
Maintenance audits are conducted on accredited builders that have not been audited through a project safety audit. These audits form part of the requirement of accreditation that accredited builders must participate in ongoing on-site audits to verify they still comply with the OFSC Auditing Criteria.
Special audits can be conducted to monitor ongoing compliance with the Scheme requirements. Some examples where special audits may be undertaken include:
- as a result of a condition of a company’s accreditation
- as a result of the compliance process being applied to a company
- as a result of continuous unsatisfactory project safety audits.
How long does an audit take?
Audits for companies applying for accreditation or reaccreditation and being assessed against all criteria can take up to two days. All other audits are generally one day audits.
Federal Safety Officers
Audits are conducted on sites selected by the OFSC by Federal Safety Officers (FSOs) appointed under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and are required to behave in line with the Federal Safety Officer Code of Conduct when conducting audits for the OFSC. FSOs are qualified WHS auditors with experience in the building and construction industry and operate throughout Australia. The OFSC liaises with the company and the FSO to set an agreed audit date.
At the completion of an audit the FSO prepares an audit report including any Corrective Action Reports (CARs). CARs set out the detail of the non-conformance the FSO has raised against specific audit criteria.
For more information, see Fact Sheet: Audit results and the Corrective Actions and the Audit Process.
Builders who undergo an audit as part of the Scheme are provided with a copy of the FSO's audit report for each audit.