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Posted Mar 17, 2017 An Australian First – National Standards on BIM
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The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) released the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Knowledge and Skills Framework (“framework”) earlier this month. The APCC and ACIF membership represents a significant section of the building and construction industry and the release of the framework is a result of the whole […]

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Posted Mar 17, 2017 Private Home Warranty Insurance Provider Named
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In November 2016 we announced that a private insurer was intending to enter the home warranty insurance market once the proposed changes to the home warranty insurance provisions of the Home Building Act were introduced around mid-2017. The new home warranty insurer has launched its product under the banner ‘SecureBuild’ and Steve Griffin has been […]

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Posted Mar 17, 2017 The ABCC powers in payment disputes
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While we have heard a lot about the new Australia Building & Construction Commission (“Commission”) powers to confront Union strong arm tactics, the Commission also has extensive powers to vet contractual arrangements for payments and investigate and record payment disputes. In cases where the Commission considers there may be a breach, the Commission may also […]

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Posted Mar 17, 2017 Another Security of Payment Review
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The Minister for Employment, the Honourable Michaeli Cash has appointed Mr John M Murray AM to conduct a Federal review of security payment laws in the building and construction industry across Australia. Mr Murray will undertake a wide ranging review in consultation with business, governments, unions and other relevant interested parties. A final report is […]

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Posted Mar 15, 2017 Security of Payment: Payment Withholding Request – How to get the Money
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It is well known that the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (the “SOP Act”) makes pay when paid clauses unenforceable. In reality, however, a Claimant may be at risk of recovering an adjudicated amount because a Respondent has not been paid by a Principal. To address this risk, Division 2A of […]

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