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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.

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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Industry Feedback Sessions

The Panel is keen to hear from industry participants about your views and experiences of building reforms in particular project bank accounts, progress payments, subcontractors’ charges, adjudication and Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR). You are invited to attend the following sessions. 

Industry forums

Souths Leagues Club, Brisbane
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
7.30am – 9.00am

Sunnybank Community & Sports Club, Brisbane
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
6.00pm – 7.30pm

Maroochy RSL, Sunshine Coast
Thursday, 7 February 2019
8.30am – 10.00am 

Rockhampton Leagues Club, Rockhampton City
Friday, 8 February 2019
7.30am – 9.00am 

The Surf Club, Townsville
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
5.00pm – 6.30pm 

Subcontractor’s Sessions (for subcontractors currently involved in PBA projects)

Fitzy’s Tavern Loganholme, Brisbane
Friday, 8 February 2019
3.30pm – 5.00pm 

Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
7.30am – 9.00am 

Discussion Paper

The Panel has now published its Discussion Paper and is seeking feedback from building and construction industry stakeholders on the suite of reforms. If you are in the building and construction industry or other stakeholder, you are encouraged to participate in the Discussion Paper. The Discussion Paper seeks feedback on:

  • the introduction of project bank accounts (PBAs)
  • the changes to the procedures for progress payments and dispute resolution using the adjudication process
  • the new requirements which will apply to all building contracts which provide for retentions or security for performance
  • the timing for commencement of the suite of reforms.

You can provide the Panel with feedback by:

Questionnaire’s that are downloaded can be submitted to the Panel by email at BIFPanel@hpw.qld.gov.au or by post addressed to BIF Panel Secretariat, PO Box 2457, Brisbane, QLD, 4001.

Feedback on the Discussion Paper will close at 5pm, Friday 15 February 2019.

Background

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). The IRG is made up of the following representatives:

​Name ​Industry Organisaton
​Graham Mackrill ​Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association
​Diane Tate ​Australian Banking Association
​Stacy Kennedy ​Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
​Jillian Carney ​Consult Australia
​Chris Lynch ​Electrical Trades Union
​Stacey Rawlings ​Engineers Australia
​Michael Roberts ​Housing Industry Association
​Grant Galvin ​Master Builders Queensland
​Malcolm Richards ​Master Electricians Australia
​Penny Cornah ​Master Plumbers Association of Queensland
​Wayne Smith ​National Fire Industry Association
​Gary O'Halloran ​Plumbers Union
​Juanita Gibson ​​Subcontractors Alliance
 

To request an accessible version of the above documents, please email BIFPanel@hpw.qld.gov.au.​​

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Last updated 10 January 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
 

 Contact

 

Email bifpanel@hpw.qld.gov.au​​​

Call 13 QGOV (13 74 68)



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