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Is the construction industry set to implode?

21 September 2016

#Construction & Infrastructure

Stephen Natoli

Published by Stephen Natoli

Is the construction industry set to implode?

Insolvency experts have predicted that the construction industry is on the brink of collapse in certain states due to the downturn of activity, with more than 400 business anticipated to become insolvent in the next 12 months. This will follow an alarming trend, with the construction industry being the leading industry for insolvencies over the last two years.

There are numerous reasons why the construction industry is a particular risk. However, as evidenced by the report titled “I just want to be paid”, released by the Senate Economics References Committee late last year, the fundamental challenge is the "completely unacceptable culture of non-payment of subcontractors.”

The report made 44 recommendations aimed at overcoming cash flow difficulties experienced by contractors and subcontractor, including:

  • the use of project bank accounts;
  • the enactment of uniform, national legislation for a security of payment regime;
  • the introduction of a rapid adjudication process; and
  • a whole of government approach to identifying and preventing “phoenix” activity by contractors.

There are no indications if and when these recommendations may be implemented and therefore parties will have to rely on the terms of familiar mitigation strategies such as the terms of their contracts as well as their rights under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 and the Security of Payment Act 2002

In the meantime, we invite you to attend ‘Construction & Infrastructure: Insolvency – the practical implications for your project’, a breakfast seminar which will outline the early warning signs of insolvency and offer more sophisticated protection and mitigation strategies than those that are standardly utilised by players in the construction industry.

For more details of the seminar, please click here.

 AuthorStephen Natoli



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Stephen Natoli

Published by Stephen Natoli

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