BIFA Chapter 3: Payment claims & schedules

Confused by building industry payment laws?

More changes came into effect on 1 October 2020. If you have any questions, or don’t quite understand the ins & outs of the building industry payment laws, you need to come to one of our workshops.

These changes to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIFA) include new penalties and new obligations on both the claimant and the respondent. You need to make changes to your business processes to comply - we can help you.

Our four-hour interactive workshops have been designed specifically for builders, subcontractors, manufacturers and suppliers to the construction industry. Find out what you need to know to get it right from the get-go and avoid hefty fines and other penalties.

Learn from industry experts what you need to do to comply, how to protect your right to payment and what contracts you can use to drastically reduce your paperwork.

CSQ funding for small businesses now available.^
For funding information, see Course Details below or contact us (eligibility applies).

Phone 1300 13 60 02 Enquire now

Course outline

Chapter 3 of the BIFA Act commenced on 17 December 2018 and applies to all projects from $0 and up, residential and commercial projects, civil works and building projects, licensed and unlicensed building work.

It will apply even if you are not in dispute and applies to builders, subcontractors, suppliers, consultants and principals/owners.

There are mandatory obligations with hefty fines and, if you are a QBCC licence holder, disciplinary action as well. It is a complex process that will require you to change the way you run your business to protect yourself.

The session is interactive and will focus on the practical elements of how this chapter of the BIFA Act works on day to day activities and will answer questions such as:

  • Which contracts does it apply to?
  • What do I need to put in my contract to protect myself – both as a claimant and as a respondent?
  • What's required for a payment claim and what does it looks like?
  • How do I respond to a payment claim?
  • If I have not been paid, what can I do?

Course details

Duration Four hours
  • Livestream online interactive workshops
  • Face-to-face workshop - COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene rules apply for all students of face-to-face courses.

Full course cost:

  • Members: $200 (Inc GST)
  • Non-members: $220 (Inc GST)

Funded (small business) course price:^

  • Members & non-members: $50 (Inc GST)^

^CSQ contributes towards the cost of this course under the small business program. Eligibility criteria applies – enrolling student must be a small business owner or employee of a building and construction business (directly involved in the administrative day-to-day running of the business). A small business is defined as less than 20 employees in the building and construction industry. Click here for more information or call 1300 136 002 to check your eligibility and to enrol.

EligibilityParticipants must work in the building and construction industry.
Recommended Workshop ProgressFollowing this workshop, we recommended enrolling in a BIFA Chapter 3: Adjudication application & responses livestream workshop to further your understanding of Building Industry Payment laws. Learn more here.

This is not a Nationally Recognised Training course.

Upcoming dates

Choose a date and venue that suits you by choosing whether you're eligible for a fully funded option or can take advantage of our member price. Not sure which to choose or no dates that suit? Give us a call on 1300 13 60 02 for assistance or to register your interest for the next course date in your area.


If you are not eligible for funding, choose from the below course options to book. The full price for both members and non-members face-to-face course is $220 (Inc. GST). Check here to see if you're eligible for funding, or call us on 1300 13 60 02.


If you are eligible for funding, choose from the below course options to book. The funded price for both members and non-members is $50 (Inc. GST)^. Check here to see if you're eligible for funding, or call us on 1300 13 60 02.

^CSQ contributes towards the cost of this course under the small business program (subject to funding availability and eligibility criteria).

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Please read Master Builders training and licensing policies and Student Handbook prior to enrolment.

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