WA Industry education program for new subcontractor protection laws
In line with the State Government’s Action Plan for Reform for implementing the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (Act), the first stage of reforms is due to take effect from 1 August this year.
Stage 1 focuses on new security of payment laws that create more structure and transparency to payment rights under contracts, together with a more effective means for contractors to recover payments owed. The new laws are more consistent with those in the rest of Australia.
To help businesses understand the new laws, Building and Energy will publish a range of educational materials in June 2022. These include:
- educational videos and fact sheets;
- templates for making and responding to payment claims; and
- user guides for the rapid adjudication process.
Building and Energy will also closely collaborate with an experienced Western Australian law firm, Jackson McDonald, which has been appointed to help develop and deliver information sessions for industry participants on the new laws and how they operate. The seminars will also be made available online in June 2022.
Building and Energy have also engaged Jackson McDonald to assist with preparing a training course for current and prospective adjudicators about the new Act to meet registration requirements.
Details about the industry education initiatives will be provided soon. More information on the Security of Payment laws is available at the Building and Energy website including an Action Plan that outlines key reforms and stages.