Our new AP Payment Schedules feature can be used by QLD customers to help comply with the BIF, but also has benefits for all customers.
The new AP Payment Schedule features are not restricted to QLD customers alone, but also represent an uplift to our existing Request for Credit functionality. It allows Part Payments at dissection level from eInvoicing, Reason entry for disputed payments, nicely formatted Request for Credit JOM forms with distribution by email, as well as enhanced Part Payment functionality in Payment Selections and AP Enquiry. These features can be used by all Jobpac Connect customers to enhance their Request for Credit and Part Payment AP processes.
Documentation is nearly ready but if you would like to get started now our consultants can help with a quick setup and training process.
For QLD Customers….
On 17 December 2018, BIF Act provisions commenced that relate to Progress Payments, adjudication and requirements relating to retention monies and security.
In November 2017, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) introduced reforms to ensure Queenslanders who work in our building and construction industry are paid for the work they do.
Some of the BIF Act provisions replace the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA) and the Subcontractors Charges Act 1974, which were repealed on 17 December 2018.
On 17 December 2018, BIF Act provisions commenced that relate to:
- progress payments
- subcontractors’ charges
- requirements relating to retention monies and security (to be included in the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991).
These changes affect the payment of construction work and supply of related goods and services in Queensland.
New provisions were also introduced to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 through the BIF Act from 17 December 2018. These provisions introduce new penalties for withholding retentions past the end of the defects liability period without a reasonable excuse apply.
Our AP Payment Schedule changes are designed to allow our QLD customers to comply efficiently with the recent BIF (Building Industry Fairness Act) changes described above that legislate from 2019, that AP Payment Schedules are provided to suppliers, where part payment is assessed against even non Subcontract related construction Invoices. There is also a simultaneous move away from BCIPA legislation. If part payment of any construction invoice is expected then the head contractor must notify the supplier in the form of a Payment Schedule with reasons for difference in payment, within a timeframe OR they must pay the full amount of the invoice. We also know that some of our customer’s use Purchase Orders in Jobpac in place of Subcontracts for efficiency reasons and to allow use of delivery dockets and therefore payment schedules are also required if part payment is expected. Please check legislation in detail if you are unsure or require clarification.
We strongly advise that you seek expert advice to ensure compliance with BIF changes and avoid penalty. Viewpoint are working with a number of QLD customers on how they can use Jobpac Connect as it is today with some standard configuration options, as well as process driven workarounds and how we might enhance the system to improve productivity and mitigate risk around compliance.
Please contact us directly through support if you have any concerns, feedback or ideas that will help you be more productive in compliance.
Andrew Tucker Sr. Product Manager APAC