Opinion by Hamish Geddes What happened (if you weren’t aware) For developer Australia Avenue (Ecove) and Icon Constructions (Icon), Christmas was certainly not a welcome end to what was one of the busiest years in the Australian construction industry. On 24 December 2018, what appeared to be a large crack in the internal plasterboard lining
Under the building bond and inspection scheme (the Scheme) developers need to lodge a building bond that is equal to 2% of the contract price for any residential development that is greater than 4 storeys high. The bond will need to be lodged with the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (the Secretary). For more
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has inserted a modern conversion clause from 1 October 2018 to more than 85 modern awards. This follows the FWC’s landmark ruling in July 2017 to provide certain casual employees with the right to request a conversion from casual employment to permanent employment. What does this mean? The inclusion of
With the construction shutdown period around the corner, businesses must ensure they have proper procedures for the holidays. Claims made over the Christmas period require prompt response times and a failure to respond to claims under the security of payment legislation or the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) may have serious and detrimental effects on a
All contractors doing construction work or providing goods or services as part of construction work are entitled to make a progress claim under the security of payment legislation. The security of payment legislation aims to give fair and timely remuneration for construction work, this means that it requires prompt response times. Generally, under the security
The Queensland Government has announced the next stage of reforms to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act (Qld) 2017 (BIF Act) will commence on 17 December this year. What are the changes? These ‘Chapter 3’ changes will significantly change the previous regime under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIPA).
Is it back to the future or a brave new world with the latest changes to the security of payment regime in NSW? What’s happened? Earlier this year, NSW Fair Trading released a consultation paper on proposed draft changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act) open for
The NSW Government’s latest response to the numerous combustible cladding tragedies both overseas and in Australia came into effect on 22 October 2018. The impact of these regulations is as follows: Aluminium composite panel ban Prior to the 22 October regulations coming into effect, the NSW Government took steps to limit the use of combustible
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a model based approach and process for creating and managing information on building and infrastructure projects. The model gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. There are different dimensions to a BIM system. These dimensions refers to the
What do you do when your contract price has been undervalued in the strata building bond and inspections scheme?
Under the building bond and inspection scheme (the Scheme) developers will need to lodge a building bond that is 2% of the contract price. The developer will need to lodge the bond to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (the Secretary). Unfortunately, this has created an incentive for developers to undervalue the contract price