I’m Considering Being Accredited

Do I need to be accredited?

Subject to certain financial thresholds for direct and indirect funding, only builders who are accredited under the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme) can enter into head contracts for building work that is funded directly or indirectly by the Australian Government.

Provisions are available to joint venture arrangements that include both accredited and unaccredited builders. The fact sheet Joint Venture Arrangements provides more detail.

The Scheme enables the Government to use its influence as a client and provider of capital to improve the industry’s WHS performance. The Government aims to promote the idea that work must be performed safely as well as on budget and on time.

How will I know if I need to be accredited for a project?

Any project for building work that includes funding from the Australian Government has the potential to require an accredited builder.

Notification that a project requires an accredited builder should appear in the tender or contract documentation. If this is not clear, contact the client to check if accreditation is required.

Can I become accredited anyway?

Yes. You do not need to be undertaking Australian Government funded projects to become accredited. Whether you want to become accredited to be able to tender for such projects in the future, or are looking to improve your company’s safety systems, accreditation is open to you.

That being said, accreditation under the Scheme is tailored to companies undertaking building work. If you are unsure if your company undertakes such work, please refer to our definition of building work fact sheet, or contact the FSC Assist Line on 1800 652 500.

Am I ready to become accredited?

Prior to undertaking the accreditation process, the OFSC recommends that companies give the OFSC application form and the FSC Audit Criteria Guidelines a thorough read, with a view to ensuring you are able to demonstrate that your safety systems meet the high standards of the Scheme.

The OFSC also has a performance comparison tool available for companies to compare their incidence rates with those of our accredited builders.

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