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- Changes to the Security of Payment Act Commence Today – Are you Ready?
- NSW Security of Payment reform: what you need to know
The Amendment Act takes effect from 21 October and will apply to any contracts entered on and after this date. The reforms were formulated as a result of the Collins Inquiry , the publication of the Murray Report , the Amendment Act will include changes that will impact all parties in the construction industry. The reforms deal with concerns about underpayment and non-payment to claimants for goods and services provided.
Its primary aims are to provide greater protection to claimants, by creating and increasing offences for individual and corporate Principals and increasing transparency in the payment process.
The Amendment Act introduces the following significant reforms:. You can find a copy of the Amendment Act here. We provide more information on each of the reforms below. The decision to re-insert this requirement followed overwhelming stakeholder feedback that removing the requirement created significant problems and uncertainty for both respondents and claimants.
Endorsing a payment claim that it is made under the Act shows a clear intention to engage the formal process under the Act. The reform is also consistent with recommendation 23 of the Murray Review. Recommendation 23 identified that there could be a potential risk of inadvertently having been taken to have made a claim under the Act when in fact it was only intended to be a payment claim under the contract thereby potentially having served more than one payment claim.
Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers or consultants can now elect to enliven the operation of the Act and the same commercial considerations would apply. Interestingly, in Queensland the equivalent legislation Building Industry Fairness Security of Payment Act no longer requires that payment claims be endorsed as being made under that legislation which was the position under the now repealed Building and Construction Industry Payments Act In Queensland, every payment claim is considered to be made under that legislation where it contains the appropriate information and has a valid reference date.
Principals in Queensland must respond to every payment claim. This took effect as at 17 December The application of the old section 7 2 b was subject to debate in courts — in terms of to whom and what it applied to, and how it was to be applied — which was particularly problematic in multi-unit developments.
For example, in Oppedisano v Micos Aluminum Systems  NSWSC 53 the owner of the development resided in one unit of four single occupancy units and the family resided in the other units. The owner argued that the exemption applied. The Court noted that section 7 2 b was not entirely clear but held that because there are multiple units on the site, the exemption could not exclude the contract or part of it from application of the Act. The Amendment Act attempts to deal with this issue.
A residential builder will not be able to make a payment claim or adjudication application against an owner in respect of a contract for residential building work that is carried out in land that the owner resides or proposes to reside in. The Amendment Act reinforces the existing entitlement of the contractor under s8 of the Act to progress payments, however it removes the concept of a reference date.
Under s13 1A , claimants may serve a payment claim on and from the last day of the named month in which the construction work was first carried out or the related goods and services were first supplied under the contract and on and from the last day of each subsequent named month, if no earlier date is specified in the contract.
This allows contractors, subcontractors, suppliers or consultants a more certain schedule to make claims, increasing transparency and promoting efficiency. Regarding construction contracts that have been terminated, the Act allows payment claims to be served on and from the date of termination. In this case, the High Court held that the Act as it was previously drafted operated in such a way that if a contract does not provide for reference dates after termination, recourse under the Act is not available under section 8 2 b.
The contract in the Breakfast Point case did not have an express term stating that the right to payment claims survived termination. As a result, the claimant was not entitled to be paid under the Act for works it performed following termination. Payment Terms. Under s11 1B a , the period allowing for progress payments to become due and payable has also been shortened for Head Contractors to Sub contractors from 30 business to 20 business days, if an earlier date is not specified pursuant to s11 1B b.
Payment terms for the Principal to the Head Contractor remain the same — being 15 business days. We note there was talk of the time frame reducing to 10 business days, which was not adopted.
We presume that this is because of the practical difficulties of requiring the serve of a payment schedule within 10 business days of a payment claim and requiring payment of a payment claim within the same timeframe. The reduction to 20 business days will require careful management of cash flow and contract processes by Head Contractors in respect of subcontractor claims i.
However, we can envisage tight timeframes. For example , if the Head Contractor claim is due on the last day of the month say Thursday, 31 October , then the Principal has 15 business days to make payment, which falls on Thursday, 21 November The Head Contractor must pay the subcontractor within 20 business days so if they receive a claim on Friday, 25 October 4 business days prior to the Head Contractor claim then this will be due for payment on Friday, 22 November , which may only be the same day that cash is received from the Principal.
Cash flow issues will also arise if Principals take longer than 15 business days to pay the Head Contractor or if the subcontractor contracts require the serving of payment claims 5 business days or more prior to the Head Contractor payment claims to the Principal.
In these cases, Head Contractors may be faced with having to fund the project for a period of time and until the Principal pays to ensure subcontractors are paid to avoid any disputes downstream.
To avoid the later issue, we recommend that Head Contractors carefully review the payment claim terms with its subcontractors. Under s12A, the Act permits subcontractors entitled to retention money to inspect the records in connection with the operation of a retention money trust account.
One of the most notable aspects of the Amendment Act is the prominent increase in the maximum penalties regarding non-compliance offences in the Act. The considerable increase in the maximum punishments that can be metered out to offenders reflects the increased emphasis on speed and efficiency in the payment and contracting process. The Amendment Act also largely addresses issues that have arisen regarding the adjudication of disputes.
The newly inserted s17A provides flexibility to claimants to withdraw an adjudication application, at any time before an adjudicator is appointed to determine the application or if an adjudicator has been appointed but has not determined the application.
S17A 1 operates subject to the qualification in s17A 2 that if any other party objects to the withdrawal and, in the opinion of the adjudicator, it is in the interests of justice to uphold the objection. This option facilitates the early settlement of disputes between parties. The Amendment Act further reinforces the continued obligation of the principal contractor to retain money owed to the respondent under s26B. Whereas under s26B 3 a , the obligation to retain money would cease upon the withdrawal of the adjudication application for the payment claim, the new provision specifies that if the adjudication application is withdrawn or is failed to be determined in accordance with s21, this obligation will only cease if a new adjudication application is not filed in pursuant to s The Amendment Act, addressing s28 2 b , allows the Minister the option to grant conditional authority under s28 2 b.
This power is qualified in s28A, which accords the Minister the power to enact and modify a Code of Practice for an authorised nominating authority.
A contravention of the Code of Practice, defined as an offence under s28 4 , may lead to the withdrawal of authority by the Minister. In that case, the HCA found that while the adjudicator erred in the application of a liquidated damages clause in a construction contract, the error could not be subject of judicial review. This was an unsatisfactory outcome. S32B 1 of the Act excludes corporations in liquidations from serving a payment claim on a person or take action to enforce a payment claim or adjudication determination under Part 4; s32B 2 specifies that if it has made an adjudication application that is not finally determined immediately before the day on which it commenced to be in liquidation, the application is taken to have been withdrawn on that day.
This effectively addresses the loophole that arose where a respondent would not be able to countersue a company in liquidation that had obtained payment under the old Act.
S32C specifies the definition of an authorised officer, being:. S32D notably establishes the purposes for which functions under Part 3A may be exercised, being:. The Amendment Act also introduces new offences in the aim of encouraging compliance with the requirements of the Act as follows:.
The inclusion of s34C and s34D in the Act means that for certain offences, executives and directors will attract personal liability, including offences with respect to retention money trust accounts. S34A also establishes a specific limitation period of 2 years after the date on which the offence is alleged to have been committed.
The changes as a result of the Amendment Act are extensive and significant. All parties participating in construction projects in NSW should begin to consider whether their contracts and project administration practices will comply with the amendments. If the proposed amendments affect you, consider contacting us to discuss further. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action based on this publication.
This is a back flip to the pre-April days. Penalties One of the most notable aspects of the Amendment Act is the prominent increase in the maximum penalties regarding non-compliance offences in the Act. Adjudication The Amendment Act also largely addresses issues that have arisen regarding the adjudication of disputes. Authority to Nominate Adjudicators The Amendment Act, addressing s28 2 b , allows the Minister the option to grant conditional authority under s28 2 b.
Claimant in Liquidation S32B 1 of the Act excludes corporations in liquidations from serving a payment claim on a person or take action to enforce a payment claim or adjudication determination under Part 4; s32B 2 specifies that if it has made an adjudication application that is not finally determined immediately before the day on which it commenced to be in liquidation, the application is taken to have been withdrawn on that day.
S32C specifies the definition of an authorised officer, being: A person employed in the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation who is appointed under [Part 3A], or An investigator appointed under section 18 of the Fair-Trading Act What this means for you The changes as a result of the Amendment Act are extensive and significant.
Changes to the Security of Payment Act Commence Today – Are you Ready?
This natural tension is often played-out in the manner in which the payment provisions of construction contracts are drafted, within the framework of relevant state-based security of payment legislation. Many attempts to manage this issue have failed when tested before the courts. One method that was often used but largely untested by the courts was to make the provision of documents such as a tax invoice a pre-condition to the due date for payment of a statutory payment claim. Due to the mandatory maximum payment periods in Queensland 2 and NSW 3 , the precondition to payment approach is no longer viable in those States. An alternative, the pre-conditioning of "reference dates" for the making of payment claims, was recently examined in the Supreme Court of Queensland, where it was confirmed that "post formation conduct" of the parties to a contract can be used to calculate reference dates, subject to the "no contracting out" provisions of security of payment legislation. A "reference date" is the date when a claimant becomes entitled to a progress payment under the security payment legislation. This is determined either by or in accordance with the terms of the contract or, in the absence of express provision, by the default provisions in the security of payment legislation.
Security of Payment refers to any system designed to ensure that contractors and sub-contractors are paid even in case of dispute. This can involve a system of progress payments, interim arbitration decisions, or a system which legally requires a company to pay an invoice within a set number of days, regardless of whether the company believes they are accurate. Security of Payment legislation has been introduced by each Australian State and Territory to allow for the rapid determination of progress claims under building contracts or sub-contracts and contracts for the supply of goods or services in the building industry. This process, which establishes adjudication as the primary dispute resolution mechanism, was designed to ensure cash flow to businesses in the construction industry, without the parties getting tied up in lengthy and expensive litigation or arbitration. In addition to quick payment, the scheme also allows for security of payment to be provided in stages or payment schedule. NSW was the first State to implement a legislative scheme in , with the remaining States following suit between and
Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act No 46 [NSW]. Current version for 27 June to date, plus
NSW Security of Payment reform: what you need to know
The Amendment Act takes effect from 21 October and will apply to any contracts entered on and after this date. The reforms were formulated as a result of the Collins Inquiry , the publication of the Murray Report , the Amendment Act will include changes that will impact all parties in the construction industry. The reforms deal with concerns about underpayment and non-payment to claimants for goods and services provided. Its primary aims are to provide greater protection to claimants, by creating and increasing offences for individual and corporate Principals and increasing transparency in the payment process.
Download file as PDF. The aim of adjudication — to resolve payment disputes quickly, informally and inexpensively as possible - remain the same. This briefing, which is the first of two, outlines the changes to the adjudication process under the Draft SOP Bill.
The long awaited changes seek to improve the flow of payments to subcontractors and clarify the application of the Act to companies in liquidation. Significantly, the changes do not apply to construction contracts entered into before the commencement of the amendment, except as provided by the regulations. The Act provides welcome clarity as to the application of the Act to claimants in liquidation and closes the disparity between the New South Wales and Victorian approaches.
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