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What is adjudication?

Legislative Reform

Please note: The changes to progress payments and adjudication included in the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) commenced on 17 December 2018. Any payment claims given on or after 17 December 2018 should be made in accordance with the BIF Act.

See Protecting your payment rights for more information

What is adjudication?

Adjudication is a dispute resolution system designed to help resolve disagreements over progress payments. It's quick, cost effective and an alternative to going to court.

How does it work?

In very simple terms, you send a written request to the person or company who owes you money. You wait a specified time for a reply and if you are not satisfied with their response, you can apply to have your case decided by an adjudicator, a person qualified to assess all the facts in a payment dispute.

The value of your payment claim determines what you pay to an adjudicator. To make it easy to estimate the fee, there are capped amounts for claims up to $25,000. It can be a cheaper option, particularly when compared to the cost of taking your case to court or going to a lawyer.

Adjudication is an effective decision-making process as long as you pay close attention to timeframes and include the required information on any notice or document you serve.

Who can use adjudication

Anyone carrying out construction work or supplying goods and services under a construction contract in Queensland. 

Why choose adjudication

If you find yourself in a position where you are not being paid, knowing that you can exercise your rights quickly and get access to someone who can make a decision will help alleviate much of the anxiety.

While there are some very specific rules you must follow, you don’t need to be a legal expert.With recent improvements, including a more streamlined approach to appointing an adjudicator, it makes sense to use a decision-making process that is both affordable and fair.

Can I get help?

If you want to ask a question, contact us on 139 333.