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The Building Industry Fairness Act comes into effect 17 December 2018

The four major changes you need to be aware of: 

Parts of the Building Industry Fairness Act (Security of Payments) Act 2017 (‘the BIF Act’) commenced on 1 March 2018 (Project Bank Accounts), but the major overhaul of the security of regime will finally start on 17 December 2018. See our previous Project Bank Account news post here.



How to resolve a dispute with your home builder

The steps you can take to resolve your problem as soon as possible 

While building a new home or completing a renovation can be very exciting, unfortunately sometimes it can also be a very stressful time. Most builders do great work – yet from time to time, disputes with your builder cannot be avoided. 


How to avoid prime cost and provisional sum traps

What to look out for in your home building contract

When you set out to build a new home, or renovate your existing house, you’ll no doubt be motivated to keep to the budget you’ve set. 


What to look out for in a lease for a franchise business

Questions to ask yourself before you sign

As a new franchise business owner, in most cases you’ll be operating your business from commercial premises – which in most cases means you’ll need to arrange a lease for your business.

Naturally, every franchise agreement will be different. But in most cases, negotiating and signing the business’s lease will be your responsibility as the franchisee. 


How much does it cost to set up a franchise business?

The 9 potential franchising fees you need to be aware of 

When you’re considering investing in a franchise, naturally it’s crucial that you have the complete picture of the business to help you with your decision making. 


Performance management for your business’s employees

Real world examples demonstrate what not to do 

An unfortunate but necessary part of running or managing a business is performance management. And generally of course, when we talk about “performance management”, we really mean the process of managing underperformance.


Is your business’s independent contractor actually an employee?

How to find out whether your arrangements are compliant

As a business owner or manager, it can be tempting to consider and treat those working for you as “independent contractors” rather than employees.

But with the Australian Taxation Office and the Fair Work Ombudsman beginning to take a greater interest in this issue, it’s a good idea to check whether your existing arrangements pass muster.


How do I get my fair share of our property?

Maintaining your lifestyle after separation

If you’re taking the difficult step of thinking about separating from your partner, one issue that is sure to be top-of-mind is your finances.


How to deal with a dispute for funds in a Project Bank Account

From 1 March 2018, Project Bank Accounts have become part of the construction industry in Queensland. That means as a head contractor you’ll need to know how to deal with disputes when they occur. 


The nuts & bolts of operating a Project Bank Account

7 answers to your FAQs about PBAs

From 1 March 2018, the head contractor on a construction project has the responsibility of managing the funds held in a Project Bank Account.