The balance of power between head contractors and subcontractors on government jobs has been addressed by new guidelines for the industry. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Subbies empowered under new code

A new code of conduct for the state’s construction sector has been hailed as a game-changer for the industry, with the potential to reduce costs across the board by 20 per cent.

Last month, the state government announced it would put in place a new set of rules for government-funded jobs worth more than $10 million, aimed at reducing anti-competitive behaviour, improving safety, and ensuring subcontractors were paid on time.

At the time of the announcement, Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the code would apply to nine major projects across WA from January 1, with a collective value of more than $250 million.


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When subbies are empowered the prices will go up (not down) by 20%!! Trust me on this one.

The building industry is a protected industry. One needs to have a registered builder perform any work that exceeds a cost of 20K. This in itself is a rort. Get rid of this rule and one could add 3% to the GNP in short order. If an owner chooses to do his own construction work for his own purposes and accept all the risks attached then why interfere?

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