Michael McLean says the next step involves working through the report in its entirety to determine what’s best for WA. Photo: Attila Csaszar.

National review seeks to strengthen security of payments

A national review has recommended all state governments establish a system of statutory trusts for building projects above $1 million as part of a package of measures to tackle the impact of company failures and late payments on contractors.


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On a nationwide basis, most people I am aware of who use/understand the adjudication process recognise that the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) is the better Act. This is apparent, for example, from discussions in SA & Tasmania, considering whether to follow the west coast or east coast model. Subbies will be disadvantaged if we change to the east coast model, ours can be easily rectified to incorporate a compulsory list of reasons if not paid, and consequences if you fail to produce the compulsory list. I am really surprised to hear the WA Act called second rate; if so, NSW and Victoria are third and fourth rate.

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