You are invited to have your say on the operation and effectiveness of a key piece of legislation that supports security of payment in Western Australia’s building and construction industry.
A discussion paper was released this week on a review of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 by Professor Phil Evans of Curtin University. Written submissions on the discussion paper are now invited, with a closing date of Friday 14 November 2014.
The Act came into operation on 1 January 2005 and is part of a suite of new building legislation implemented in Western Australia over the past decade that has delivered significant reforms to building regulation in this state.
Building Commissioner Peter Gow said with the major reforms now behind us, and with a steady increase in the use of alternative dispute resolution in recent years, the time had come to take a good look at the operation of the Act.
Mr Gow encouraged interested individuals and organisations to ensure their views were considered in the review by making a submission by the closing date.
“We want to ensure the Construction Contracts Act is providing the best possible protection for subcontractors, head contractors and building owners,” Mr Gow said. “The feedback received through written submissions and other planned consultations will be a key factor in the review’s success.”
A copy of the discussion paper can be downloaded on the ‘Public consultation’ page of the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/public-consultations-0.
The discussion paper provides background material on the review, an outline of the provisions of the Act and some statistical information on the operation of the Act to date. It also includes some key questions that will be addressed by the review and on which the review team is seeking to stimulate discussion and comment.
The review team will conduct a limited number of public consultation sessions. Please register your interest in attending a session by emailing email@example.com.
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