Getting paid | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

This includes:

  • QBCC licensees that are working as:
    • head contractors
    • subcontractors
    • trade contractors
    • owner builders
  • suppliers
  • other building and construction industry consultants such as architects and engineers
  • principals in the contractual chain such as:
    • developers
    • commercial building owners.

NOTE: this information does not relate to payments from homeowners.

It is not uncommon in the building and construction industry for agreements for work to be made verbally and with a handshake, this is where a dispute can arise. A verbal contract makes it difficult to prove what was agreed to and the entitlement required to be paid. It is important to always use a written contract to protect your payment rights.

Securing payment

The security of payment legislation is designed to promote cash flow down the contracting chain. It does so by providing a number of protections for contractors and mechanisms for the recovery of progress payments or unpaid debts. There is a correct way to request payment and respond to a payment claim.

It is important to understand your rights when being paid from a trust account.

Always use a written contract

Protect your payment rights by using a commercial subcontract.


In a dispute over payment?

You have various options for resolving a payment dispute.


Last reviewed: 30 Aug 2021 Last published: 30 Aug 2021
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