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Posted Dec 07, 2016 Coming up next year…
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Next year is a big year for changes in legislative regulation in the building and construction industry. Upcoming changes will affect: Security of Payment Legislation; Home Warranty Insurance Legislation; Certification; The Certifiers Role; Medium Density Planning and Development; and Bonds and inspections in new strata scheme buildings. All the changes have potential to significantly affect […]

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Posted Dec 07, 2016 The New ABCC Legislation
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The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 (commonly referred to as the “Australian Building and Constructions Commission legislation” or “ABCC legislation”) was one of the triggers for the double dissolution election held in Australia in July 2016. Having won the election, the Coalition Government re-introduced the Bill for debate in late 2016. The […]

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Posted Nov 22, 2016 Private Home Warranty Insurer Announces Entry into the Market
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Hot on the heels of the New South Wales Government announcement on 3 November 2016 that the home warranty insurance scheme in New South Wales will be reformed, a private insurer has announced it will return to the market to offer a home warranty insurance product to builders. At present the NSW government insurer, iCare, […]

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Posted Nov 10, 2016 Home Building Compensation Reform
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On 3 November 2016 the New South Wales government issued a media release announcing an overhaul of the New South Wales Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF). HBCF is a mandatory insurance product which builders are required to take out for residential building work over $20,000.00. The insurance provides a safety net for home owners in […]

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Posted Nov 10, 2016 Using Other People’s Plans Can Be Costly
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In a recent decision in the matter of Henley Arch Pty Limited (“Henley”) v Lucky Homes Pty Limited (“Lucky Homes”) [2016] FCA 1217 (13 October 2016), the Federal Court ordered damages against Lucky Homes and the owners for the use of a plan prepared and issued by Henley.  Background Henley operated a home building business […]

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