HSEMA can assist you on the road of accreditation by working with your organisation at corporate level and the “coal face” to implement safety management that satisfies AS4801 requirements, and then, accreditation through the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme.
The Australian Government is committed to improving occupational health and safety (OHS) in the building and construction industry. As a funding recipient you may be obliged to engage a builder who has been accredited under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme). The Scheme is set out in the Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Accreditation Scheme) Regulations.
How the Scheme affects you – Under the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act Australian Government agencies can only fund ‘building work’ when, subject to thresholds, an accredited builder is engaged. If an Australian Government agency has provided you with funding for building work, your funding agreement should include a clause requiring that contracts for building work are entered into with builders accredited under the Scheme. The Australian Government will be unable to make funds available to you should an unaccredited builder be engaged. Subcontractors, project managers not undertaking building work, architects, designers and other parties not undertaking building work do not require accreditation.
You will need to engage an accredited builder if the contract under which building work is undertaken is worth at least $3 million
- the value of the Australian Government contribution to the project is at least $5 million and represents at least 50 per cent of the total construction project value or
- the Australian Government contribution to a project is $10 million or more, irrespective of the proportion of Australian Government funding.
Refer Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner http://fsc.gov.au/needaccredited/accreditationscheme/Pages/TheAccreditationScheme.aspx