Sep 24, 2018

Briefings bring home building industry changes

Briefings bring home building industry changes

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission will hold a series of regional Queensland briefings next month regarding payment laws coming into effect by the end of the year.

They are among a raft of reforms the Queensland Government is implementing in stages to help ensure businesses in the building and construction industry are paid for the work they do.

A commission spokesman said it was intended that changes relating to progress payments, adjudication and subcontractors’ charges would commence on December 17.

When the reforms commence, they will replace the existing Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA) and Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974.

“The QBCC’s Tradie Tours are designed to help industry members learn about the reforms that come into effect from 17 December, including what those changes are, what it means for them and how they can prepare,” the spokesman said.

In the meantime, contractors can start readying for the changes by:

  • reviewing and updating contracts to amend provisions that refer to BCIPA
  • consider updating contracts to align with the default timeframes in the new Act for progress claims and due dates
  • review payment claims to remove the endorsement “This is a payment claim made under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004”, and
  • prepare internal systems and processes to ensure that they are able to provide a payment schedule, or paying in full by the due date for payment for all invoices.

Forums in regional Queensland to discuss the changes include:

Mackay: 6pm Tuesday, October 9 – Souths Leagues Club. More here

Rockhampton: 6pm Wednesday, October 10 – Rockhampton Leagues Club. More here

Toowoomba: 6pm Tuesday, October 16 -Toowoomba City Golf Club. More here

Cairns: 6pm Tuesday, October 30 – Cairns Colonial Club. More here

Townsville: 6pm Wednesday, October 31 – Mercure Hotel. More here

 

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