Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) Accreditation

The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC)  is dealing  with various  industries and governments to achieve the highest  workplace health and safety standards on Australian building and construction projects.

Do you need to be accredited?

Subject to financial thresholds for indirect and direct funding, only builders who are accredited under the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme) can enter into head contracts for building work that is funded directly or indirectly by the Australian Government. Any project for building work that includes funding from the Australian Government has the potential to require an accredited builder.


Achieving accreditation is a two-Phases assessment process comprising a review of your application, including a gap-analysis and on-site audit.

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to obtain accreditation:

  1. Demonstrated ability to manage construction hazards and high risk activities.
  2. Record in relation to workplace safety.
  3. On-site audit results.
  4. Performance against the following focus points:i) demonstrated senior management commitment to WHS;

    ii) integration of safe design principles into the risk management process;

    iii) whole of project WHS consultation and communication;

    iv) demonstrated effective subcontractor WHS management arrangements across building and construction projects;

    v) whole of project performance measurement; and

    vi) WHS training and competency to deal with safety risks.

On-site audit(s):

On successful completion of the application process including gap analysis, an on-site audit is arranged. The Federal Safety Officer conducting the audit may request documentary evidence in accordance with the criteria to verify the implementation of WHS procedures and practices on site.  



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