Building & Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 QLD – BCIPA

If you have carried out construction work and or supplied related goods or services on a construction project in the state of Queensland this is the legislation you use for making a claim:

“Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004”

The BCIPA Queensland began in 2004. The Queensland Security Of Payments Act legislation provides valuable debt recovery assistance for fast results at low cost.

The Object Of the Queensland Building & Construction Industry Payments Act 2004.

The Purpose of the Queensland Security Of Payments Act is to empower subcontractors, contractors, suppliers, consultants, etc etc to enable a fast, low cost debt recovery process. Prior to the Queensland Security Of Payment Act commencing debtors could delay payment indefinitely but this is no longer possible under the strict timelines that the Queensland Security Of Payment Act imposes. The actual legislation itself reads : “Object of Act The object of this Act is to ensure that a person is entitled to receive, and is able to recover, progress payments if the person— (a) undertakes to carry out  construction work under a construction contract; or (b) undertakes to supply related goods and services under a construction contract.”

Time Frames for the BCIPA.

The process starts with the “Reference Date“. This is the date that both parties have agreed is the date each month for making a claim. There can only be one claim for each Reference Date per month. If there is no date agreed between the parties than the Reference date will default to the last day of the month. Once a valid Payment Claim is served the respondent (debtor) has 14 days to serve a Payment Schedule on the Claimant. If the Respondent fails to serve a Payment Schedule on the Claimant within the time allowed the Claimant must then serve a 2nd notice on the Respondent under section 21(2) of the Act prior to applying for Adjudication. Exactly when the the second notice can be sent is determined by certain factors that are critical – call us for further clarification on this. Note well : Your claim under the Act will fail if the time frames imposed by the Act are not met. Once the Claimant lodges an Adjudication Application the Respondent then if they have served a Payment Schedule has the right to lodge an Adjudication Response. If the Respondent has not served a Payment Schedule they cannot defend themselves at Adjudication. The process ends with the “Adjudicator’s Determination“. The Adjudicators decision binds the crown – this means that the Adjudicators Determination can be entered onto the court record as a judgement. Enforcement of the judgement the ensues.

Entitlement To Payment Under the BCIPA.

It is essential that you can provide sufficient evidence of the following items to persuade the Adjudicator of your entitlement to be paid under the requirements of the Act:

  • A Construction Contract within the meaning of the Act exists between the parties.
  • The work and or goods included in the Payment Claim have been completed / delivered and are defect free.
  • The work and or goods included in the Payment Claim have been charged at the agreed rates and or standard industry market rates.
  • A valid Payment Claim has been served.

Assistance To Start The Process of Making a Claim under the Queensland BCIPA.

Simply send us a copy of the unpaid invoices(s) by our Online Claim Form, or fax 1300 732 932, or email claims@recoup.com.au and we will respond within 24hrs. If you would to speak to us now call 1300 RECOUP (1300 732 687).

If you would like to read the Queensland BCIPA legislation click here.

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