The Western Australian Building and Construction Consultative Committee (BCC Committee) was established in June 2022. The Minister for Industrial Relations, Bill Johnston MLA announced the establishment of the BCC Committee on 14 June 2022 – view the media statement.
The role of the BCC Committee is to provide a forum for a high level dialogue between the State Government, employers, representative associations and unions on significant issues in the commercial construction sector. This role is advisory only and the BCC Committee does not have a role in any dispute resolution or formal adjudication processes established under building industry legislation.
The objectives of the BCC Committee are:
consulting on and advising the Minister for Industrial Relations on issues of industrial relations, safety, diversity and workforce management;
consulting on and advising the Minister for Industrial Relations on economic issues relating to the building industry; and
promoting an environment that will stimulate building activity, skills development and jobs growth.
The BCC Committee Strategic Plan 2023-2025 was finalised in June 2023. The Strategic Plan 2023-2025 Summary sets out the activities and objectives for the BCC Committee under four strategic advice areas with the aim of promoting an environment that stimulates building activity, skills development, diversity and jobs growth.
BCC Committee photo July 2022
Mr Reg Howard-Smith is the independent Chair of the BCC Committee. Mr Howard-Smith is the current Chair of the Construction Industry Training Fund and the recent past Chair of the Waste Authority of Western Australia. The Hon. Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industrial Relations represents the Minister.
Other members of the BCC Committee and their nominating organisations are:
Mr Paul Hurwitz - Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors' Association
Mr Daniel Perkins - Master Builders Western Australia
Mr Carl Copeland - National Electrical and Communications Association, WA Chapter
Mr Peter Carter - Electrical Trades Union
Mr Michael (Mick) Buchan - CFMEU - Construction and General WA
Mr Brian Bintley - Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union
Ms Lisa Judge - UnionsWA
Ms Sandra Brewer - Property Council of Australia
Ms Sandra Lovaas - Lend Lease
Ms Richelle Cuthbertson - Multiplex
Mr Damien Martin - Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Ms Jodie Wallace - Department of Training and Workforce Development
Mr Murray Thomas - Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA (not pictured)
Members are appointed to the BCC Committee for a term of two years.
Secretariat support is provided by the Private Sector Labour Relations division at the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
BCC Committee Meeting Outcomes
Meetings of the BCC Committee are held on a quarterly basis. The key outcomes statement from each BCC Committee meeting will be published on this page.
The BCC Committee operates in the public sector environment and adheres to the required standards of accountability, governance, management, policy development and service delivery. Members of the BCC Committee are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct.