Subcontractors’ charges

The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 modernises and simplifies subcontractors’ charges provisions that were previously in the Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974, which has now been repealed.

A subcontractor's charge is a way for subcontractors who are not being paid to secure a claim over monies owed to them by a contractor.

A subcontractor can make a charge over money due to be paid by the principal or a higher contractor to the contractor they have a subcontract with.

See the QBCC website for more about subcontractors' charges and the process for bringing a subcontractors’ charge.