Security of Payments Working Group
The Security of Payments Working Group (the Working Group) was established under the BCIIP Act and will enhance protections for subcontractors by improving compliance with security of payments legislation.
A key function of the Working Group is to monitor the impact the ABCC has on improving compliance with security of payments obligations.
On 26 May 2017 Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, appointed 11 members to the Security of Payments Working Group. The ABC Commissioner is a member of the Working Group.
The Working Group met for the first time on Friday 7 July 2017 in Melbourne. The meeting was chaired by Justine Ross. The Terms of Reference and the Forward Work Plan were discussed and the ABC Commissioner gave a presentation on the role and functions of the ABCC regarding security of payments.
The second Working Group meeting took place on Friday 10 November 2017 in Melbourne. The outstanding actions from the previous meeting regarding the Terms of Reference and Forward Work Plan were settled.
The ABCC provided context on its role in security of payments laws and the agency’s jurisdiction over Code covered entities. Education was discussed as a tool to increase building industry participants’ pursuit of security of payments rights and the reporting of security of payments issues.
The third meeting took place on 16 February 2018. The members were introduced to the new ABC Commissioner Mr Stephen McBurney and were advised that enquiries to the ABCC about security of payments are gradually increasing.
The group discussed the ABCC’s education strategy and how best to target communication with subcontractors.
The fourth meeting was held on 4 May 2018. The members discussed the definition of reportable delayed or disputed progress payments in the Building Code 2016 and provided feedback on the ABCC’s proposed key messages for education. Further feedback will be provided out of session.
The Working Group meets four times a year in Melbourne and the next meeting will take place on Friday, 17 August 2018.
Appointees to the Security of Payments Working Group
Mr Steve Kibble — Chair (Department of Employment)
Ms Sophie Ismail — representing the interests of employees in the building industry (ACTU)
Ms Vasuki Paul — representing the interests of employers (Ai Group)
Mr Shaun Schmitke — representing the interests of employers (Master Builders Australia)
Ms Melissa Adler — representing the interests of employers (Housing Industry Association)
Mr Ken Phillips — representing the interests of contractors (Self Employed Australia)
Mr Suresh Manickam — representing the interests of contractors (National Electrical and Communications Association)
Mr Chris Melham — representing the interests of contractors (Civil Contractors Federation)
Ms Juanita Gibson — representing the interests of contractors (Subcontractors Alliance)
Ms Lorraine Djuricin — extensive adjudication experience in conflict resolution (Adjudicate Today)
Ms Justine Ross — workplace relations and safety expertise (Department of Employment)
Need more information?
For further information, advice or assistance please contact the ABCC at 1800 003 338 or enquiry [at] abcc.gov.au.