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New Chief Announced for Industry Regulator

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The Australian Building and Construction Commission will welcome a new chief in early February, with Stephen McBurney appointed to the role of ABCC Commissioner.

His five-year term commences on February 6.

According to Craig Laundy, Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, the appointment of the new Commissioner was the result of a merit-based selection process. Mr McBurney is taking up the role left vacant by the resignation of the previous Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss announced in September 2017.  

“I congratulate Mr McBurney on his appointment,” Mr Laundy said. “He joins us from the Victorian Office of Chief Examiner, where he has been responsible for investigating serious organised crime over the last nine years.”

The original ABCC was dissolved in 2012, and the body was re-instated in November 2016.

The original ABCC was dissolved in 2012, and the body was re-instated in November 2016. 

Mr McBurney had previously been involved with ABCC litigation during the body’s prior incarnation, working as an Assistant Commissioner (Legal) for the ABCC from 2006 to 2008. He was also responsible for the implementation of compliance powers.

“The building industry is a vital sector of Australia’s economy, employing more than one million Australians,” Mr Laundy said. “The ABCC plays a critical role in maintaining the rule of law and promoting improved workplace relations to ensure building work is carried out fairly, productively, and for the benefit of all.”

In addition to his legal career, Mr McBurney was also one of the AFL’s most experienced umpires and one of the few to reach the 400-game milestone, Mr Laundy said.

The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the appointment. 

The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the appointment.

“Mr McBurney’s extensive experience will ensure that the Australian Building and Construction Commission continues to be a highly effective regulator,” Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said. “Ai Group looks forward to working with Mr McBurney over the years ahead to achieve a more productive building and construction industry, while maintaining high standards of safety.”  

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