The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met at the Adelaide Oval on August 10, with Security of Payment and building industry compliance on the agenda.
Ministers commenced the day with an Industry Forum involving key trade associations, including the AMCA, to discuss industry views on the ‘Building Confidence Report' looking into the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction
industry. The Building Confidence Report makes 24 recommendations fundamental to the effective delivery of Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC).
At the meeting, the BMF directed the development of an implementation plan that incorporates feedback from industry stakeholders for consideration at the BMF’s next meeting. The paper will focus on recommendations 9 to 11, with further consideration of recommendations 1, 2 and 13.
AMCA Policy Manager, Ben Hawkins, who attended the industry forum preceding the meeting proper, said it was "encouraging that industry was invited to participate in discussions and we encourage the Ministers to make this a part of their annual calendar".
"However, we are a little disappointment by the decision to limit the implementation of the Shergold-Weir Report recommendations. In particular, the AMCA would like to see issues to do with documentation addressed as a priority, but it seems these have been overlooked", he said.
"We will continue to work across all states to make sure these issues are understood, including the effects they can have on industry insolvencies and building quality".
Ministers also continued discussion on the national Review of Security of Payment Laws, agreeing to work collaboratively on ways to improve consistency between security of payment regimes across jurisdictions.
Mr Hawkins said it was good to see Security of Payment remain on the agenda, but "the communique following the meeting was limited to a couple of lines, which does not signify it as a priority issue. Again, we will continue to make sure Ministers understand the importance of Security of Payment as a tool for specialist contractors to get paid."
The BMF will reconvene in December to continue this important national dialogue.