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Panel review of building reforms

The Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel was established by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport on 14 May 2018 for a 12 month term.

The independent panel was appointed to work with government and the building industry to assess the implementation and effectiveness of the building industry fairness reforms. The panel engaged in extensive evaluation and consultation activities to inform its report and recommendations.

The Panel provided its report to the Queensland Government on 29 March 2019.  

This panel was provided for under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017  (BIF Act) and its report will be tabled in Parliament as per s200A of the BIF Act.

Industry consultation on reforms

The Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel was an independent panel working with government and the building industry to assess the implementation and effectiveness of the 2017 reforms.

At the end of 2018 and in early 2019, the panel travelled throughout Queensland including to Cairns, Rockhampton, Maroochydore, Mackay, Brisbane, Loganholme and the Gold Coast to receive feedback and suggestions from industry on the suite of reforms. They conducted industry forums and subcontractor sessions and held a series of one-on-one meetings with building industry and banking industry stakeholders as well as government departments.

The panel met with a range of stakeholders including:

  • building contractors and subcontractors
  • consultants
  • industry organisations
  • banking institutions
  • government departments.

They published a discussion paper and questionnaire seeking feedback on:

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

Submissions closed on Friday, 15 February 2019.

The panel provided its report to the Queensland Government on 29 March 2019.

For further information, please email BIFPanel@hpw.qld.gov.au​​​​​​​​

Evaluation

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 were invited to participate in the activities, including:

  • building contractors and subcontractors
  • consultants and subconsultants
  • industry organisations
  • banking institutions
  • other 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.

The BIF Act reforms that were evaluated include the:

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

Membership

The panel’s membership comprised:

  • 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 Reid, managing director at Aitchison Reid Building and Construction Lawyers.

Terms of reference

The panel’s terms of reference required 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 were supported by an industry reference group. The group was comprised of the following 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.

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Last updated 16 November 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
 

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