What is adjudication?

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. This also resulted in a repeal of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA).

Despite the repeal of the BCIPA, however, if a payment claim was given before 17 December 2018, and there are unfinished matters for the payment claim, BCIPA continues to apply.

Adjudication is a dispute resolution process to help resolve disagreements about progress payments and money owed. It’s a quick, cost effective alternative to court.

When parties are in dispute about an amount owed for construction work, the claimant can deliver an adjudication application to the Registrar.

The Registrar will refer your application to an adjudicator to make a decision about the disputed payment claim. The adjudicators decision is enforceable in a court. It's an offence for the respondent not to pay an adjudicated amount before the due date. QBCC may also take disciplinary action.

The Registrar refers adjudication applications to adjudicators in accordance with the Adjudicator Referral Policy.

Cheriden Farthing was appointed as Adjudication Registrar from 17 December 2018. 

See page Protecting your payment rights booklet (PDF) for more information.