Who is covered by the scheme?

The scheme covers work on new or existing commercial, industrial or domestic buildings or structures.

Registration is compulsory for individuals, partnerships, companies or trusts employing workers:

Definition of building, electrical or metal trades work

Building work means:

  • the construction or erection of a building or structure that is or is to be fixed to the ground and wholly or partially fabricated on-site;
  • any preliminary site preparation work (including pile driving) for the construction or erection of any such building or structure;
  • the alteration, maintenance, repair or demolition of any building or structure;
  • the laying of pipes and other prefabricated materials in the ground, and any associated excavation work

Electrical or metal trades work means:

  • electrical or metal work associated with the construction or erection of a building or structure that is to be fixed to the ground and wholly or partially constructed on site;
  • electrical or metal work associated with the alteration or demolition of a building or structure;
  • the construction, erection, installation, extension, alteration or dismantling of a transmission or distribution line, or plant, plant facility or equipment used in connection with the supply of electricity;
  • the construction, erection, installation, extension, alteration or dismantling of an air-conditioning, ventilation or refrigeration system;
  • the construction, erection, installation, extension, alteration or dismantling of data and communication cabling
  • the construction, erection, installation, extension, alteration or dismantling of security alarm equipment
  • the construction, erection, installation, extension, alteration, servicing, repairing, replacing of parts or dismantling of a lift or escalator;
  • electrical or metal work associated with other engineering projects

Structures include:

  • a tank or other structure for the storage or supply of water;
  • sewerage or effluent drains and associated structures;
  • a bridge, viaduct, aquaduct or tunnel;
  • a chimney stack or cooling tower;
  • a silo;
  • a dock, jetty, pier or wharf

‘Building’ includes part of a building.

Voluntary registration 

Employers may voluntarily register a worker: 

Employed in the terrazzo or concrete casting industries as a: 

  • Carpenter 
  • Joiner 
  • Tradesperson (precast concrete manufacture) 
  • Machinist (precast concrete manufacture) 
  • Terrazzo Assistant 
  • General Hand or Adult Trainee terrazzo worker 

Employed in the preparation or manufacture of any of the following: 

  • fibrous plaster 
  • architectural ornaments made of fibrous plaster, plaster or cement 
  • plaster tiles or sheets (whether containing fibre or not) 
  • architectural models 
  • material for suspended ceilings

Ineligible employees

  • Workers who do not predominantly perform building work or electrical and metal trades work outlined in the Act or whose classification of work is not listed in one of the above Modern Awards. Examples include workers who: 
    • predominantly perform service and maintenance work, but only in relation to electrical, refrigeration or air-conditioning
    • are predominantly based in a workshop
    • are predominantly based in an office
    • are predominantly on-site but do not physically perform construction work, eg site supervisors, project managers, surveyors, estimators
  • Workers who solely carry out construction work on premises owned or occupied by their employer, not being for subsequent sale or lease
  • Federal, state or local government employees