Release type: Media Release


New Australian Building and Construction Commissioner appointed


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education
Minister for Skills
Minister for Jobs and Workplace Relations

The Minister for Workplace Relations Senator Chris Evans today announced the appointment of Mr Leigh Johns as the new Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner).

Mr Johns is currently the Chief Counsel in the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman and is a former Deputy Australian Building and Construction Commissioner.

With qualifications in law and economics Mr Johns brings extensive regulatory experience to the role.

“Mr Johns has considerable expertise in all aspects of workplace relations law, including as an industrial lawyer working in the building and construction industry,” Senator Evans said.

“I congratulate Mr Johns on his appointment and look forward to working closely with him and the Australian Building and Construction Commission in bringing about continued improvements in workplace relations in the building and construction industry.”

Senator Evans said the Government remains committed to reintroducing legislation to abolish the ABCC and replace it with the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.

“Labor has made it clear that industrial lawlessness and thuggery will not be tolerated,” he said.

“We will keep a strong regulator in place to ensure the building and construction industry remains productive and employers and employees share the benefits of a fair workplace.”

The position of ABC Commissioner was advertised nationally in July 2010 with an open merit selection process leading to the appointment of the new Commissioner. Mr Johns will take up his appointment on 11 October 2010.

In announcing Mr Johns’ appointment, Senator Evans also expressed the Government’s appreciation for the many years of dedicated public service of the outgoing ABC Commissioner, the Hon John Lloyd PSM.

Mr Lloyd’s appointment expires on 28 September 2010. Mr Ross Dalgleish, the current Deputy ABC Commissioner will act as the ABC Commissioner until Mr Johns commences his duties next month.