FSC Accreditation

Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (Ofsc) Accreditation

What is OFSC?

The construction industry is designated as a priority industry for work health and safety due to the high number and rate of work-related injuries and illnesses and inherent risks associated with working in the industry. However, the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry found that the safety record for the industry was unacceptable.

The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) was established in order to implement the majority of the Royal Commission’s WHS recommendations to develop, implement and administer a WHS accreditation scheme for Australian Government building and construction work.

In June 2004 it was announced that the FSC would be administratively established within the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. The FSC and the Scheme are provided for under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (the Act).

Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) for which projects and contractors?

Subject to certain financial thresholds, only builders who are accredited under the Scheme can enter into head contracts for building work that is funded directly or indirectly by the Australian Government.

Directly Funded Projects:

Projects are considered to be directly funded where an Australian Government agency has responsibility for the project funding and development, for example, a Defence facility, Medicare or Centrelink Office or a fit-out or refurbishment of existing Australian Government office accommodation.

The Scheme applies to projects that are directly funded by the Australian Government with a value of $4 million or more.

Indirectly Funded Projects

Projects are considered indirectly funded where an Australian Government agency contributes funding to a recipient through a funding agreement, grant or other programs, for example, road construction projects funded by the Australian Government or a new school built by a state government using funding provided by the Australian Government.

The Scheme applies to projects that are indirectly funded by the Australian Government where

  • A head-contract under the project includes building work of $4 million or more (GST inclusive) AND:
  • the value of the Australian Government contribution to the project is at least $6 million (including GST) and represents at least 50 per cents of the total construction project; OR

the Australian Government contribution to a project is $10 million (including GST) or more, irrespective of the proportion of Australian Government funding.

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How to become FSC accredited?

In order to get FSC accredited, you’ll need to develop a health and safety framework for visitors and employees in accordance with the regulations set out in theFSC Audit Criteria Guideline. After developing the WHS framework, you should lodge your application online and then you should pass the FSC on-site audit.

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How can we help you?

Please submit the Application Form if you need our hands to assist you to develop and establish your FCS framework. We will assist you with

  • Conducting a document review and gap assessment against the requirements of OFSC Accreditation Scheme
  • Update the existing documents and Develop required documents in compliance with the requirements of OFSC Accreditation Scheme
  • Providing supervision, consultation and guidance for implementation of systems
  • Conducting an internal audit and assisting with corrective actions
  • Assisting with completion of OFSC scheme application
  • Attending at the OFSC audits and assisting with corrective actions
How Can We Assist You?
Gap Assessment

We offer this service to organisations that have existing documents including policies, procedures, manuals, forms, handbooks, etc. and would like to check if the existing documents meet the requirements of the desired standards and what they need to do to certify the system. 

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System Development

We offer this service to organisations that do not have any existing system (documents) including policies, procedures, manuals, forms, handbooks, etc. or the gap assessment shows that their existing system needs to improve to meet the requirements of the desired standard. 

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Implementation

A Management system should be documented and implemented to meet the requirements of the desired standards. We will supervise and guide our clients during the Implementation of the management while they follow the policies and procedures and use the forms.

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Internal Audit

An annual internal audit is required to get certified and maintain the ISO certificates. We offer this service to organisations that do not have the internal resources to conduct the internal audits or would like to have a new pair of eyes to detect the opportunities for improvements.

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Attending External Audit

Dealing with the external auditor might be quite stressful and challenging for the organisations, particularly for the ones that are willing to certify their system for the first time. We will attend the external audit and assist them as a facilitator for a better and smoother experience.

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Ongoing Maintenance

Once the organisations achieve their certificate, they will face a new challenge for maintaining what they have achieved as every year the certification body comes back for a surveillance audit. We offer this service to draw their attention to what they might miss in the routines.

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Application Form

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