1000 Scheme Projects for the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) is proud to announce that the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme) has now been applied to 1,000 projects since its inception in 2005. This represents roughly $52 billion worth of building and construction work across all states and territories in Australia.

The 1000th project, the Ballarat Community Health Lucas Primary Care Facility, is being built by accredited contractor A W Nicholson Pty Ltd for the Australian Government Department of Health. Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards described the milestone as “a significant moment in the history of the Scheme, and an encouraging development that so many important projects have been undertaken with the high safety standards required of accredited companies. With a further $49 billion worth of Scheme projects at the tender or concept stage, there has never been a better time for companies to become accredited.”

In 2010-11 (the most recent data available from Safe Work Australia), of the 39 fatalities recorded in the construction industry, five occurred on accredited company projects, two of which were Scheme projects.

Additionally, the average accredited contractor workers’ compensation premium rate is 19.81% and 19.24% lower than the average industry rate for house construction and non-residential construction respectively.

The OFSC has released a number of case studies highlighting the safety challenges overcome on Scheme projects, the most recent of which looks at the redevelopment of HMAS Creswell.