I am a state or territory authority

If your state or territory authority is undertaking a project involving building work that has received funding from the Commonwealth through an Australian Government funding agreement, grant or other program, you must ensure that you engage an accredited head contractor. A list of accredited companies is available on our website and updated regularly.

The Scheme applies to indirectly funded building work where:

A head contract under the project includes building work of $4 million or more (GST inclusive) AND:

  • the value of the Australian Government contribution to the project is at least $6 million (including GST) and represents at least 50 per cent of the total construction project; OR
  • the Australian Government contribution to a project is $10 million (including GST) or more, irrespective of the proportion of Australian Government funding.

The OFSC has produced model clauses for incorporation into both tender documents and contracts.

The Australian Government will not be able to make funds available to you should an unaccredited builder be engaged as head contractor on a project captured by the Scheme’s legislative requirements.

Recipients of Australian Government funding also have a number of reporting requirements under the Scheme, which are explained in detail on our Reporting for Government and Funding Recipients page. A key requirement is to inform the OFSC of when contracts are signed for Scheme projects.

The Model Client

The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner has developed The Model Client: Promoting Safe Construction, a framework for clients to integrate safety initiatives into the management of construction projects. The full Model Client framework is available on our website.

Further Information