The Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz has today released FSC Online an innovative online accreditation management system developed by the Federal Safety Commissioner for businesses undertaking billions of dollars of Commonwealth-funded building and construction work.
FSC Online will help industry participants to apply for and manage their existing accreditation under the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme.
The scheme ensures that companies that undertake Commonwealth-funded work must comply with the highest workplace safety standards. Companies must be accredited under the scheme to be eligible to work on Commonwealth-funded building and construction projects. Over 360 companies of all sizes are accredited, accounting for around 30 to 50 per cent of annual turnover in the industry.
“FSC Online will make it easier for people to work with the Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme and to ensure the highest levels of compliance within the scheme,” Senator Abetz said today.
“FSC Online greatly simplifies guidance for the online application process. Companies will save time and money by better understanding what is required of them throughout the accreditation process so there are no surprises at onsite safety audits.”
Other improvements to the Accreditation Scheme include a risk-based compliance model that provides earned autonomy to companies with a strong compliance track-record. In addition, unaccredited companies are now able to joint-venture with accredited companies.
“The Government is committed to using its purchasing power to drive the highest standards of safety in the building industry. These changes further improve safety by encouraging more building companies to seek accreditation and strive for best practice safety approaches,” Minister Abetz said.
Information about FSC Online and for companies considering accreditation under the Scheme is available on the Federal Safety Commissioner’s website www.fsc.gov.au or from the Assist Line on 1800 652 500.
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