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Master Builders SA
26 July 2018
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CEO UPDATE
CEO UPDATE
New mandatory reporting requirements
Building is one of the most regulated industries in Australia. Whilst there is definitely a place for regulation, too often we see duplication across government departments or between state and federal agencies, creating additional costs and confusion.

Following consultation with the Security of Payments Working Group, new requirements have been introduced for when code covered contractors must report payment disputes or delays to the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Code covered entities must report any disputed or delayed progress payments to the ABCC and relevant funding entity (if any) as soon as practicable after the date on which the payment falls due. The obligation to report disputed or delayed progress payments is a requirement on all code covered entities, regardless of whether you're the claimant or respondent.

Given there are potentially thousands of these claims at any given time in Australia, the agency will be swamped by reports.This is an unnecessary waste of ABCC resources as security of payment is already covered under South Australian legislation. Additional reporting will also take up builders' and subcontractors' valuable time and increase their costs.

Contractors need to transition to these new reporting requirements by 1 September 2018. Failure to do so will be a breach of the Code. Details of these requirements are available here

Master Builders SA will continue to lobby to have this requirement removed. In the meantime, if you have any questions on the requirements, please contact Lawyer and Workplace Relations Manager Sam Condon on 8211 7466.
Introduction to Building Seminar
5:30pm - 8:30pm, 31 July 2018 at Master Builders House.

This workshop is designed for the general public who are inexperienced in building and construction and require assistance in signing contracts as well as understanding the development approval process. The purpose of this presentation is to outline legal obligations owners have and give them confidence to undertake contracts with licenced contractors.

The knowledge gained in this session will enhance the relationship and communications between client and builder and enable the client to gain an understanding of the normal contractual obligations required for building or renovating.

Click here for more details.
Have your say on ReturnToWorkSA reconciliation process
As an employer in South Australia, you complete an annual reconciliation statement and remuneration return for ReturnToWorkSA.

ReturnToWorkSA would like to hear from employers to understand how they can improve this process for you.

Provide your feedback by completing this short survey by 31 July 2018. If you have any questions regarding this survey contact ReturnToWorkSA on 8233 2215.
Master Builders SA Quarterly Seminar
Friday 3 August, 8:30-10:30am, Master Builders House.

Click here for more information.
FREE Seminar: How to create a contract
Master Builders Suite is a brand new online business management tool that is included in your membership. This will make running your business easier by allowing you to access your key information in the one place at any time and from anywhere.

On 14 August, we are running a free information seminar on how to create a contract. Click here for more information.
Building Excellence Awards
Have you secured your seats to the 2018 Building Excellence Awards? Tickets are selling fast so book now to ensure you don't miss out. The Awards will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 17 August. This is the most anticipated event of the year in South Australia's building and construction industry. Book your tickets now
Is your workplace First Aid ready?
To support Master Builders SA members meet their First Aid requirements, St John SA offer a free First Aid assessment for workplaces and work sites.

This no obligation service is designed to provide you with guidance, advice and recommendations around First Aid in the workplace. We will ensure you have the right information to back up your First Aid practices and meet compliance requirements.

An experienced First Aid Adviser will visit your workplace and complete the assessment with you.

To book your FREE assessment, or for First Aid Advice, please contact Henry on 0427 206 550 or email henry.cowell@stjohnsa.com.au

Electricity & Water Meter Installations
Requirements for electricity

From 1 December 2017 SA Power Networks (SAPN) began phasing in the Meter Contestability program which has shifted the responsibility of electricity metering services away from SAPN over to the retailers. The phase in period ended on 30 March 2019 so now all meters will be installed by electricity retailers instead of SAPN.

Application for new connections are made through the SAPN website and their lodgement form. SAPN will provide the infrastructure up to, and energise, the meter isolator and the electricity retailer is responsible for the installation of the meter.

For further information, click here

Requirements for water

To avoid contamination of the water supply, a water meter with in-built backflow prevention device will be installed on site as part of the land division completion process. The SA Water connection policy states that SA Water will provide their "offer to connect" within 20 days of receiving an application through their online web form. Once the offer is accepted and invoice paid their policy is to connect the new standard service within 25 days. Be advised it is a breach of Section 50 of the Water Industry Act 2012 to attach any equipment of other thing to water infrastructure without lawful authority.
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