Appointments to Security of Payments Group

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  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister for Women
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Senator for Western Australia

The Turnbull Government has appointed 11 members to the Security of Payments Working Group.

The Working Group, established under the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation, will enhance protections for subcontractors by improving compliance with security of payments legislation.

Mr Steve Kibble has been appointed as Chair of the Working Group. Mr Kibble is a Group Manager in the Commonwealth Department of Employment and has extensive experience in building industry issues. Ms Justine Ross, a senior executive officer in the Department of Employment, has also been appointed to the group and will act as Chair when necessary.

Ms Sophie Ismail has been appointed as the member representing the interests of employees in the building industry. Ms Vasuki Paul, Mr Shaun Schmitke and Ms Melissa Adler have been appointed as members representing the interests of employers. Mr Ken Phillips, Mr Suresh Manickam, Mr Chris Melham and Ms Juanita Gibson have been appointed as members representing the interests of contractors. Ms Lorraine Djuricin has also been appointed as a member of the Working Group. Ms Djuricin has extensive adjudication experience, particularly in conflict resolution in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, said the appointments reflect a broad representation of industry stakeholders and will bring a diversity of skills and experience to the Working Group.

“It is a fundamental right of subcontractors to be paid in a timely manner for their work,” Minister Cash said.

“Under the Australian Government’s new Building Code, builders must comply with state and territory security of payments laws or risk losing access to Commonwealth-funded building work.”

A key function of the Working Group will be monitoring the impact the ABCC has on improving compliance with security of payments obligations. These obligations include a requirement that contractors and suppliers get paid on time and abide by any adjudication of payment disputes.

On 21 December 2016, the Minister announced a national Review of Security of Payments laws in the building and construction industry.

*Background information on the 11 appointees is attached.


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