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Panel to review building reforms

The Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel is an independent panel working with government and the building industry to assess the implementation and effectiveness of the Building Industry Fairness Reforms.

The panel will conduct evaluation and consultation activities, including stakeholder engagement activities for each building reform, and make recommendations to the Queensland Government in a report.

This panel was provided for under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017  (BIF Act).

The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport established the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel on 12 June 2018.

Evaluation and consultation activities

The panel has finalised all stakeholder engagement activities for the evaluation of security of payment building industry fairness reforms.

Read about the Panel’s extensive consultation industry consultation on the reforms, including face-to-face sessions and a discussion paper.

Read the BIF Evaluation Plan (PDF, 677KB) for details of the panel’s:

  • evaluation activities
  • stakeholder engagement plan
  • individual work plans.

Read the Overview of Evaluation (PDF, 139KB) for a summary and timeline of the activities.

All building and construction industry stakeholders will be invited to participate in these activities, including:

  • building contractors and subcontractors
  • consultants and subconsultants
  • industry organisations
  • banking institutions
  • other community members of the community.

About the panel

Background

The BIF Act requires a:

  • review of the operation and effectiveness of the 2017 building and construction industry reforms
  • report on the outcomes of the review 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 as well as 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.

Membership

The panel’s membership comprises:

  • 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 Queensland Building and Construction Commission
  • 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.

Terms of reference

The panel’s terms of reference require the panel to evaluate:

  • the effectiveness of the governments 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.

See the operating procedure (PDF, 278KB) for information about the panel's terms of reference, scope of work, and panel member information. 

Industry reference group

The panel will be supported by an industry reference group. The group comprises these representatives:

  • 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 any documents on this page, email BIFPanel@hpw.qld.gov.au.​



Last updated 12 March 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
 

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