Submission to the Wilcox Review of Australian construction industry reforms
The ABCC was set up in 2005 as a specialist construction industry enforcement body. It was a key part of the recommendations of the Cole Royal Commission (2002-03) which found wide scale and systemic lawlessness in the construction sector across Australia. The ABCC has been heavily criticised, particularly by construction unions who are most subject to law enforcement activity by the ABCC. In 2007 the federal Labor Party made a commitment to close the ABCC and transfer its powers to a specialist division of FWA.