Model Code of Practice - Construction Work

​This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance to principal contractors and other persons conducting a business or undertaking who carry out construction work on how to meet the health and safety requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction relating to construction work.

This Code should be read in conjunction with other codes of practice on specific hazards and control measures relevant to the construction industry including:

  • Demolition Work
  • Excavation Work
  • Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces
  • Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work
  • Preventing Falls in Housing Construction
  • Confined Spaces
  • Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace
  • How to Safely Remove Asbestos.

To have legal effect in a jurisdiction, the model Code of Practice must be approved as a code of practice in that jurisdiction. To determine if this model Code of Practice has been approved as a code of practice in a particular jurisdiction, check with the relevant regulator.

This Code has been revised and republished in November 2013. An amendments table advising the changes that have been made to this Code is included in the November 2013 version. The previous version is located on the historical versions page.

Publication Information

Topic: Construction
Type: Model Code of Practice
Industry: Construction
Publication Date: 14/11/2013

ISBNTitle / DownloadFile FormatFile Size
978-0-642-33362-9docx Construction Work Code of Practicedocx4.96 MB
978-0-642-33361-2pdf Construction Work Code of Practicepdf1.42 MB


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