Recent Blogs

As of 1 October 2018, private building owners in Queensland will need to comply with new regulations regarding combustible cladding. The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 (Qld) amends the Building Regulation 2006 (Qld) (the Regulation), to impose compliance obligations to determine the extent of potentially combustible cladding on existing private buildings and […]

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This month the NSW Government issued its ten point commitment to the construction sector: http://www.infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/media/1649/10-point-commitment-to-the-construction-industry-final-002.pdf The plan has been developed by the Government’s Construction Leadership Group and has been endorsed by key agencies such as Transport for NSW, RMS and Infrastructure NSW. An implementation plan will now be developed to turn the 10 commitments into a […]

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The recent Supreme Court of Victoria decision of His Honour Justice Riordan in Brighton Australia Pty Ltd v Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 246 (Brighton v Multiplex) has cast doubt on the enforceability of contractual provisions imposing a time limit on statutory claims under section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Background The case concerned […]

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The Queensland Government announced today a change to the roll out of the security of payment elements of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (BIF Act). On 1 March 2018, the Queensland Government announced that BIF Act provisions relating to significant changes to the security of payment regime (including payment claims, […]

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On 1 March 2018, the Queensland Government announced that certain provisions of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (BIF Act) will roll out on 1 July 2018.  These provisions relate to some fundamental and radical changes to the previous legislation, that being the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) […]

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The recent Supreme Court of NSW decision of His Honour Justice Ball in Central Projects Pty Ltd v Davidson [2018] NSWSC 523 has created some uncertainty regarding the impact a non-compliant Supporting Statement has on the validity of payment claims served under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payments) Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act). […]

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Introduction In the wake of the 2017 Grenfell disaster, there has been a growing concerns in the public and industry surrounding combustible material installed on buildings throughout Queensland.  In order to address these concerns, the Government established the Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce (Taskforce) on 30 June 2017 to develop a risk-based management approach to […]

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BIF Act Security of Payment Changes: Update 1 of 4  On 1 March 2018, the Queensland Government announced that certain provisions of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (BIF Act) will roll out on 1 July 2018.  These provisions relate to some fundamental and radical changes to the previous legislation, that […]

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The new Building Products (Safety) Act 2017 (BPS Act) allows the Commissioner for Fair Trading (the Commissioner) to ban the use of unsafe building products and enables councils to make related rectification orders for existing and future buildings. Now the Commissioner has issued a call for public submissions as to whether certain external cladding and façade treatments should […]

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The Queensland Court of Appeal has reinforced the Court’s approach to exclusion clauses in Queensland, further solidifying the position that such clauses, particularly in the context of design and other consultancy contracts, are effective to exclude the liability of engineers and other consultants.   In The Thistle Company of Australia Pty Ltd v Bretz & Anor […]

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