Workers

Trades Covered by the Scheme

The CoINVEST Portable Long Service Leave Scheme covers workers within building, construction, electrical and metal trades.

Most work covered by CoINVEST is construction but we also cover reconstruction, renovation, maintenance and installation. Service, maintenance and repair work is also covered under certain trades. Where a worker performs more than five days of covered work in any month, the employer is legally required to record that service with CoINVEST.

Want to know if your trade is covered? Expand the below menus to search for your applicable trade heading!

For a more in depth description of each of the roles or duties covered, see the CoINVEST Rules (Oct 2019) – See Appendix A for Building Trades Work, Appendix B for Electrical Trades Work, and Appendix C for Metal Trades Work.

See the table below to determine whether a trade is covered, when a trade was introduced to the scheme and for a list of trade type codes. These codes must be written on registration forms when registering workers.

TRADE DESCRIPTION COVERED FROM CODE
Bricklayer 21 Dec 1973 21
Builders labourer 21 Dec 1973 32
Carpenter 21 Dec 1973 20
Carpet or vinyl layer (excluding work in the domestic sector) 1 Mar 2004 74
Concrete tester (project based only) 1 Nov 1999 71
Concreter 21 Dec 1973 66
Construction worker (civil engineering, roads, bridges & rail lines) 21 Dec 1973 35
Crane driver 21 Dec 1973 28
Drainer 21 Dec 1973 30
Irrigation installer (excludes work in the domestic & nursery sector) 1 July 2005 80
Labourer 21 Dec 1973 67
Landscape gardener (excluding domestic sector & garden maintenance) 1 Mar 2004 77
Painter 21 Dec 1973 25
Parquetry floor layer (excluding sanding, floor polishing etc unless directly after the laying of floor) 1 Mar 2004 75
Pipelayer 1 Aug 1983 14
Plasterer 21 Dec 1973 22
Plant operator 21 Dec 1973 27
Plumber or gasfitter 21 Dec 1973 29
Pool and spa construction worker (excluding cleaning & maintenance) 1 Aug 1983 100
Precast panel concrete worker (off-site) 1 Aug 1983 101
Precast panel concrete worker (on-site) 21 Dec 1973 102
Roof tiler or slater 21 Dec 1973 23
Signwriter (installation on structures & maintenance) 21 Dec 1973 31
Shopfitter (installation in retail shops) 21 Dec 1973 38
Shopfitter (factory worker) 1 Nov 1999 103
Sprinkler fitter 21 Dec 1973 79
Stonemason (on site) 21 Dec 1973 73
Traffic controller 21 Dec 1973 67
Tile layer 21 Dec 1973 24
Water/sewer maintenance worker (civil) 8 Oct 1996 13
Yardmen (construction scaffolding yards) 1 Nov 1999 72

See the table below to determine whether a trade is covered, when a trade was introduced to the scheme and for a list of trade type codes. These codes must be written on registration forms when registering workers.

COINVEST covers most electrical trades work. An electrical worker is covered when: *Working in a factory or doing installation or maintenance work and *the employer is contracting with its clients for electrical services work

Typical work includes installing or laying cables. Electrical service work does not have to be linked to construction.

TRADE DESCRIPTION COVERED FROM CODE
Electrical worker including building works, power supply, air conditioning etc 1 Mar 1978 8
Electrical worker or contractor (including work on fibre cabling) by an REC 1 Mar 1978 61
Electrical fitter, cable joiner or mechanic 1 Mar 1978 52
Electrical worker (security, telecommunications & cabling) not by an REC 1 Jun 1992 9
Electrical worker (e.g. machinery) 1 Oct 1998 12
Instrument worker (installation or maintenance in construction industry) 1 Mar 1978 65
Linesman 1 Mar 1978 63
Tree clearance worker (around power lines only) 7 Aug 1988 110
Electrical trades general or other 1 Mar 1978 60

See the table below to determine whether a trade is covered, when a trade was introduced to the scheme and for a list of trade type codes. These codes must be written on registration forms when registering workers.

TRADE DESCRIPTION COVERED FROM CODE
Boilermaker (onsite construction, excluding manufacturing) 1 Mar 1978 44
Boilermaker (onsite maintenance, excluding manufacturing) 1 Nov 1999 104
Crane operator (tower, mobile, forklift & platform) 1 Mar 1978 41
Fitter and turner and mechanical fitter (covered for work on construction sites or on equipment from construction sites) 1 Mar 1978 46
Machinery maintenance worker (on & off site but only contract work is covered) 1 Mar 2004 78
Metal trades maintenance workers (refineries, power stations, offshore platforms, gas plants, smelters etc) 1 Nov 1999 11
Non destructive testing worker (onsite only, does not include domestic worker) 1 Mar 2004 76
Pipelayer (civil construction) 1 Aug 1983 14
Plant operator 1 Mar 1978 42
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic (onsite building installation) 1 Mar 1978 50
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic (onsite building maintenance) 1 Nov 1999 6
Refrigeration and air conditioning industrial or commercial equipment installation or maintenance 1 Mar 2004 15
Rigger, dogman or scaffolder (metal trades construction) 1 Mar 1978 43
Trades assistant 1 Mar 1978 48
Welder (onsite construction) 1 Mar 1978 45
Responsible officer (on-shore & offshore oil or gas facilities) 1 Nov 2006 81
Platform services officer (offshore oil or gas facilities) 1 Nov 2006 82
Metal trades other (not machinery maintenance) 1 Mar 1978 59

Some trades are only partially covered by CoINVEST.  The following table lists what areas of the trade are/are not covered.

TRADE DESCRIPTION COVERED NOT COVERED CODE
Cleaners Only covered for site cleanup immediately after construction or renovation projects. After that, no contract or office cleaning is covered 32
Floor finishing trades Installing hardwood flooring, T &G Hardwood or compressed sheet flooring in a new building or renovation. Carpet cleaning, sanding, polishing, lacquering or cleaning of floor coverings by a worker who does not also perform the preparing, levelling, sealing, laying or installation of coverings to floors for the same employer; or the carrying out of domestic works. 20
Floor finishing trades Floor covering services – carpet and vinyl layers. This means preparing, levelling, sealing, laying or installing coverings to floors. Carpet cleaning, sanding, polishing, lacquering or cleaning of floor coverings by a worker who does not also perform the preparing, levelling, sealing, laying or installation of coverings to floors for the same employer; or the carrying out of domestic works. 74
Joiners and cabinetmakers Installation onsite. Work in the joinery shop, manufacture of kitchens, furniture and fittings 20
Landscape gardeners Commercial, industrial and civil. Construction, creation, installation, maintenance or repair of landscapes, including water features, rockeries, land contouring, pergolas, gazebos, deckings, pathways and walkways, paving, retaining walls, garden or landscape lighting systems, laying of turf, planting of live plants (including but not limited to trees, shrubs, bushes, hedges, flowering plants or grasses) and the levelling and earth building of gardens. Mowing of turf or lawns, the weeding, watering or maintenance of turf, lawns or garden beds, the watering or pruning of trees, shrubs, bushes, hedge or flowering plants or otherwise maintaining live plants; or
The carrying out of domestic works.
77
Metal trades All onsite work is covered; work at a collateral site is covered if it is part of the construction project. Manufacturing and factory work 59
Plant operator Construction & maintenance to – buildings, roads, freeways, bridges, sewerage or water works, pipelines, refineries, chemical works, shutdowns, gas works, electricity works, communications works, heavy/industrial machinery installations – movements & dust suppression. Quarry work, forestry work, nursery work, sand supplies – yards, concrete batch plant – yards, bitumen plant – facility & water cartage
Pools and spas On site construction of pools and spas, and non-routine maintenance such as repair of major cracks. Maintenance of pools and spas, e.g. cleaning and chlorination. 100
Staircase builders Installation of staircases on site. Building staircases off site 20
Scaffolding yardmen Work in yards at Scaffolding Suppliers. Work not related to a construction industry project 72

Commercial, Industrial, Domestic and some factory work is covered

CoINVEST covers workers employed on commercial, domestic and some factory projects and domestic projects such as home building and extensions for both union and non-unionised work. For full coverage details for your trade, it is best to check the CoINVEST Rules (Oct 2019).

The “Two Thirds” rule

In any given Workers’ Days and Wages period where an individual apprentice or worker performs covered work for at least two thirds of his/her employment, the employer must record 100% of that individual’s employment the Workers’ Days & Wages form for that period.

Therefore, where a Worker is considered fully covered according to the Two Thirds Rule, the employer must base contributions to CoINVEST on 100% of the worker’s gross ordinary wages (not including overtime) for the total number of days worked.

A Worker has to be with the same employer for the entire service period for the Two Thirds Rule to apply.

Defining coverage for foreman and supervisors

In the Building Trades and Electrical Trades and Metal Trades, CoINVEST Rules provide coverage for up to and including foreman. Supervisors in the Building Trades and Electrical Trades are not covered. CoINVEST do cover the role of a supervisor but only where that role is carried out by a “foreman/supervisor” or “general foreman/supervisor”, as defined in the Appendix C of the CoINVEST Rules (Oct 2019) (Metal Trades).


Work which is covered

FOREMAN (Building Trades Work and Electrical Trades Work and Metal Trades Work)

  • Is directly and principally responsible for and directly oversees other workers (but not including working subcontractors) and ensuring that work is being performed to the standard and schedule required.
  • May directly oversee and direct leading hands.
  • Would normally not spend more than 25% of a working day in the site office.

FOREMAN/SUPERVISOR (Metal and Engineering On-Site Construction)

  • Is directly and principally responsible for other workers and ensuring that work is performed to the standard and schedule required.
  • May directly oversee and direct leading hands.
  • May normally not spend more than 25% of the working day in the site office.
  • Is covered under Appendix C of the CoINVEST Rules (Oct 2019) (Metal Trades).

GENERAL FOREMAN/SUPERVISOR (Metal and Engineering On-Site Construction)

  • Reports to site or construction managers.
  • Not usually responsible for supervising/directing workers (responsibility rests with foreman/supervisors).
  • Directly supervises and co-ordinates the work of at least two foremen/supervisors.
  • Is covered under Appendix C of the CoINVEST Rules (Oct 2019) (Metal Trades).

Work which is not covered

MANAGER (who may be incorrectly called a Supervisor, but is not covered by CoINVEST)

  • Is principally part of and concerned with the issues involving the overall site management team i.e. project manager, construction manager, engineering staff.
  • Is principally concerned with the management of the site and not day to day direction of workers.
  • Will have an individual contract of employment/on staff salary arrangement.
  • Principally oversees the work of subcontractors.
  • Able to directly influence budgets
  • Monitors trends in attendance and day to day queries but is not responsible for individual cases.
  • Responsible for overseeing general administrative functions at the site.
  • Usually works from a site office principally and is involved in various scheduling meetings and other meetings including meetings such as occupational health and safety, engineers meetings, site co-ordination etc