Construction Sector Accord



16 September 2020 – The Accord has added an Environment Workstream to its Transformation Plan, which is to be led by BRANZ CEO Chelydra Percy: "The workstream presents a significant opportunity to leverage great work already happening across industry and government and to identify the collective actions we can progress in this important and urgent area.” This and other developments are on the Construction Sector Accord website’s news page.

In April 2019 building industry leaders welcomed the signing of an agreement, the Construction Sector Accord, with government that provides a platform to reinvent the construction sector and improve its ability to contribute to the economic prosperity and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

The Construction Sector Accord calls on the industry, its clients and the government to change the way they work together, so they can jointly tackle systemic problems that have led to high-profile building company collapses, poor-quality builds and skills shortages. It signals a new commitment from government and industry to work together for a better New Zealand.

With the advent of the Accord, the Industry Transformation Agenda (ITA) call for more joined up thinking and transformative action in the sector was heard and put into action.

The Construction Sector Transformation Plan was launched in January 2020 to put the Accord into action and achieve its vision.

On 5 April 2020, the Construction Sector Accord signalled a temporary shift in focus to support resilience and recovery in response to the challenges the industry is facing as a result of the COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions.

By 17 April 2020, Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) had worked with other sector groups to produce health and safety standards and protocols for operating at alert levels 2 and above for the industry. This work is part of the Construction Sector Accord’s COVID-19 Response Plan.

Throughout May to mid August, the Accord provided advice and guidance on contracts, contract variations and partnering agreements, the Rapid Mobilisation Playbook, and announced Watercare’s carbon reduction work as the first Beacon Project.

Mid-August 2020 also saw information updated on the Construction Sector Accord website to guide the sector on its return to working at Covid-19 Alert Levels 2 and 3.