No joy for subcontractors left without payment

The West Australian on June 29, 2016 The State Government has cited an aversion to red tape as the reason it has failed to introduce a measure it promised three years ago to guarantee payments to subcontractors when a building firm goes bust. As Premier Colin Barnett declared it was difficult for government to regulate the treatment of subcontractors on …

Dudded subbies: Building group met ‘all financial criteria’

The West Australian, June 28, 2016 Subcontractors across WA are being driven into debt and increasingly face payment disputes for work done on private and public projects such as schools and police stations. An investigation by The West Australian has revealed the State Government risks a repeat of the 2012 debacle when tradespeople lost millions of dollars after seven companies …

‘Ridiculous’ delays cost simple projects

The West Australian 6.7.16 “Ridiculous” planning delays for simple housing projects and non-payment of builders and subcontractors are the two biggest issues facing West Australian builders, according to the Master Builders Association of WA. MBA housing director Jason Roberts said the 800pound gorilla in the room was inexplicable planning delays for single-storey R-Code compliant housing in some local council jurisdictions. …

Nahan pledges to aid subcontractors

The West Australian on July 7, 2016 The State Government has promised a range of measures to boost protection for subcontractors but rejected calls for project bank accounts to ensure they are paid in full if a builder collapses. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the Government would give itself the power to audit all “cascading” subcontracts on public projects so it …

ACC seeks to ‘shame’ big companies that squeeze subcontractors and suppliers

The West Australian, July 6, 2016 Big companies that squeeze smaller subcontractors and suppliers will be targeted as the competition watchdog seeks to shame wrongdoers under new Federal laws. Acting chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Michael Schaper said it was preparing to enforce the law from November and would pursue unfair contracts to highlight the new regime. …

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ICA Statement on the Federal election “In all past federal elections Independent Contractors Australia has sought to detail and explain each party’s policy and positions as they affect small business people. We express our conclusions to help people draw their own conclusions.  

In this 2016 election we draw the following conclusions: •   The positions of both Labor and The Greens …

Assessment of the parties’ small business positions

Full ICA Statement on the 2016 Federal election 22 June 2016 In all past federal elections Independent Contractors Australia has sought to detail and explain each party’s policy and positions as they affect small business people. We express our conclusions to help people draw their own conclusions. In this 2016 election we draw the following conclusions: The positions of both …

ATO gives small businesses extension for SuperStream compliance

SmartCompany, Wednesday, June 22 2016 Small businesses have been granted a short reprieve for adopting SuperStream, with the Australian Tax Office extending the compliance deadline for the scheme to October 28. While the ATO says more than 450,000 small businesses are already up to speed with their SuperStream requirements, the tax office says it recognises other small businesses need additional …

Three steps to minimise risk and succeed when starting a business

SmartCompany, June 22 2016 Starting your own business is as scary as it is exciting, and let’s be honest, it’s pretty exciting. It can be tough to take those first steps, but there are a number of things you can do to make the plunge seem a little less terrifying. All these things revolve around the concept of minimising risk. …