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Should you be making contributions to TasBuild?

TasBuild administers long service leave for all construction workers in Tasmania. Under the Construction Industry (Long Services) Act 1997 (“the Act”), all employers are required to register and make payments to TasBuild.

What is TasBuild?

TasBuild offers long service leave to all employees who perform construction work. It does not matter if an employee has been employed by one or many employers throughout their working life, they are entitled to claim long service leave and to be paid the benefits after working in the industry for 10 years.

What do I need to do?

Employers who carry out construction work in the construction industry must register with TasBuild. Registration can be completed on the TasBuild website.

A return must be submitted to TasBuild every month within 14 days of the end of each return period (e.g., returns for June need to be submitted by 14 July). TasBuild will notify all registered employers via email informing them that their return is available to complete on the TasBuild Employer Portal.

What sort of information should I submit?

The information to be provided includes:

  • Amount of ordinary pay received during the reporting period (period pay)
  • Number of paid days during the reporting period
  • Registration of any new workers that commenced and have undertaken construction work; and
  • Reporting of any workers who have resigned during the period and include their registration number, date of resignation and reason for resignation.

How much should I contribute?

Employers are required to contribute 2.5 percent of the ordinary pay. However, employers may also be eligible for a 1.8 percent discount if they submit their returns by the scheduled due dates. GST should not be applied to any employer contributions.

Do I need to keep any records?

Employers need to keep all records for seven years. Substantial penalties apply for a failure to do so.

What happens if I do not register and make contributions?

Employers who engage employees to carry out construction work and do not register them or make contributions to TasBuild may be prosecuted, required to pay the missing contributions, and face financial penalties.

To find out more, contact HIA's Workplace Services team

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