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Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel

The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) allows for the appointment of a Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel to work with government and the building industry to assess the implementation and effectiveness of the suite of 2017 building fairness reforms.


The BIF Act requires that a review of the operation and effectiveness of the 2017 suite of building and construction industry reforms be conducted and that a report on the outcomes of the review be tabled in parliament by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport.

These reforms include those contained in the BIF Act and the Building and Construction Legislation (Non-conforming Building Products – Chain of Responsibility and other Matters) Amendment Act 2017.

The BIF Act reforms include:

  • ​provisions to strengthen the powers of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
  • the introduction of project bank accounts
  • improved provisions for progress payments and subcontractors’ charges
  • changes to the adjudication registry.

About the Panel

The Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel (the Panel) was established by the Minister on 12 June 2018 with membership as follows:

  • Chair - Ms Bronwyn Weir – managing director and consultation specialist in regulatory practice, enforcement and compliance matters in the building and construction industry
  • Deputy Chair - Ms Jennifer Robertson – corporate governance consultant and practicing lawyer, and Deputy Chair of the QBCC
  • Member - Mr Troy Lewis – specialist in construction litigation and security of payment law
  • Member - Ms Fionna Aitchison Reid – principal solicitor in a construction law firm.

The Terms of Reference for the Panel are to determine:

  • the effectiveness of the government’s implementation of the suite of building industry reforms
  • the effectiveness of the legislative framework in achieving policy intent
  • opportunities to realise improved security of payment outcomes for industry prior to the commencement of project bank accounts in the private sector
  • the indicative economic impacts and outcomes of the building industry reforms.

Operating Procedure (PDF, 278KB) outlines the Panel's Terms of Reference, scope of work, and panel member information. 

The Panel will be supported by an Industry Reference Group (IRG). Once established, details of IRG members will be published here.

Panel activities

The Panel will conduct a range of evaluation and consultation activities including stakeholder engagement activities for each of the building reforms.

These activities have now been set out in the Panel’s Evaluation Plan (PDF, 677KB) which includes the evaluation activities, the stakeholder engagement plan as well as each of the Panel’s individual work plans. An overarching summary and timeline of the Panel’s activities can be found in the Panel’s Overview of Evaluation (PDF, 139KB).

All stakeholders in the building and construction industry including building contractors and subcontractors, consultants and subconsultants, industry organisations, banking institutions, and other members of the community will be invited to participate. ​​​​​​​​​​​

To request an accessible version of the above documents, please email​​

Last updated 12 November 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)




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