Subcontractor support

Security of payments for the building and construction industry

Minister for Small Business Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA has announced increased payment protections for subcontractors on State Government works projects under changes to be introduced in 2019.

The State Government will significantly expand Project Bank Accounts (PBAs), which currently apply to the majority of projects administered by the Department of Finance, to as many government projects as practicable from July 1, 2019.

The Small Business Commissioner David Eaton will establish a Subcontractor Support Unit within the Small Business Development Corporation in the first half of 2019. The Unit will complement the existing services delivered by the Western Australian Building Commission and have the power to receive and investigate complaints of non-payment on state government works projects.

Read the full media statement.

About the Small Business Commissioner

The Small Business Commissioner is also CEO of the Small Business Development Corporation and in this dual role is dedicated to:

  • providing access to information and practical support for small businesses
  • providing assistance to resolve business-to-business disputes
  • providing advice to all levels of government on policy and regulatory reform
  • providing advice to the WA Minister for Small Business

The Small Business Commissioner David Eaton will establish a Subcontractor Support Unit within the Small Business Development Corporation in the first half of 2019.

More detail will be available here in early 2019.

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How can the SBDC assist you?

Our primary role is to encourage, promote, facilitate and assist the establishment, growth and development of small business in Western Australia through the provision of practical services to small business owners and policy advice to Government.

Are you in dispute?

If you are in dispute with a third party and have been unable to resolve the matter, or have a business issue that you would like assistance with, our business advisers may be able to help you.

Read about our dispute resolution service or call our advisers on 13 12 49.

Building Commission

The Building Commission provides services for the regulation and licensing of the building industry, as well as the rapid adjudication process under the current Construction Contracts Act 2004. The Building Commission is responsible for the ongoing management of relevant legislation.

Visit the Building Commission website for matters relating to building and construction in Western Australia.

Worksafe

Contact WorkSafe on 1300 307 877 for any workplace health and safety issues on construction sites.