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Building Disputes come from nowhere. Things can appear just fine when all of a sudden things change and a while later you can’t be sure what started it. It becomes like the Charles Dickens story “Bleak House”.

Most people don’t know what started the 1st World War.

A common cause these days is 3rd party reports that people get, initially to feel comfortable with everything but insecurity can creep in when comments like “needs attention” and “I suggest” etc.

They paid for peace of mind. they are now concerned.

Construction Contracts Act 2004

Construction Contracts form a significant part of the Australian Economy. Australians also spend $7 billion annually on building disputes and as a result billions of dollars are being frozen, which otherwise would have flowed into the economy. Further more a recent report in the West Australian featured a Landmark deal between the Federal and State Governments in the allocation of $2.3 billion for roads and rail. This in turn is expected to create 6,000 new jobs. A similar effect could come from the release of builder’s working capital stuck in building disputes.


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Free Flow of Payment

The Construction Contracts Act 2004 sets out to do just that. It is a stand alone piece of legislation dealing with payments only and forms part of any construction contract. Dispute resolution mechanisms like the SAT and the Courts remain in place. The CCA 2004 legislation provides for payment to the builder of moneys due under the contract. Work proceeds and the resolution of differences are concurrent. Dispute Resolution can become a Dickensian Bleak House saga. The completion of any building project is essential for the free flow of money to the economy. Builders can then pay their suppliers, their sub-contractors and also their working capital is free to take on other work. This in turn keeps the wheels of industry turning. Stalled projects hurt everyone. Disputing parties can resolve their differences at their leisure without any burden on the working man.


No builder should have debtors more than 14 days past the due date

We at 8m Building can complete the serving of notices under the CCA 2004 legislation to the nominating body, the client and consequently the adjudicator.

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