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CPD event | SA | Amendment of the Security Payment Act 2009 - the SA Government’s response to the Murray review of Security of Payment Laws in Australia

with John Chapman

Wednesday 11 August 2021 | 5.30-7pm Adelaide time | Adelaide, SA

This session is also available online, please click here to register if you are unable to attend in person.

The Small Business Commissioner is responsible for administration of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009, which is a powerful dispute resolution tool for building industry participants that offers a way to resolve complex disputes quickly and inexpensively and, crucially, helps small businesses to maintain cash flow.

The presentation by the SA Small Business Commissioner will update proposed amendments before Parliament to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 following the Murray Review. Proposed amendments expect to increase protection of building industry subcontractors and provide improved oversight of adjudicators and authorised nominating authorities.

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 is a powerful dispute resolution tool for building industry participants. It offers a way to resolve complex disputes quickly and inexpensively and, crucially, helps small businesses to maintain cash flow.

The Resolution Institute, as an authorised nominating authority under the Act and its membership includes many adjudicators and keen to improve awareness of the BCISPA as a powerful dispute resolution tool for building industry participants.

The Small Business Commissioner will also explore resolution approaches which may assist small business and others focused on mediation practices.

The event will help –

  • Provide a clearer insight into the proposed amendments Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (BCISPA)

  • Explore ways how the Resolution Institute can assist in encouraging the use of the BCISPA. Doing so will assist small business, improve awareness of the BCISPA and benefit the South Australian economy as a whole (including, for example, by way of providing information and education programs to potential claimants and adjudicators).

This session is for adjudicators registered under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (BCISPA) , mediators, lawyers and dispute resolution practitioners who interact within the specific DR context and provide CPD points for your professional fields. It will also help support regional dispute resolution practitioners.


About the presenter

John Chapman
Small Business Commissioner

John Chapman was first appointed Small Business Commissioner in 2014 and was reappointed for a further four years in 2017.

The role of Small Business Commissioner, under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2011, includes alternative dispute resolution for business disputes, providing information to small businesses and advocating on their behalf.

In addition, he is responsible for the administration of the, Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995, the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2018 and he also oversights the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 2009. He has responsibilities under a number of other Acts including: the Fair Trading Act 1987, Late Payment of Government Debts (Interest) Act 2013, and the Local Government Act 1999. In the past 12 months, responsibilities for commercial leasing issues have been included in the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020.

He brings to the role extensive experience at senior executive level in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is an experienced board director and was an interim Director of TAFESA in 2018 and is a member of the Federal Government’s Small Business Advisory Group (2019). He is also a fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Adelaide University Graduate School of Business in 2004.

John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia for over eight years between 2005 and 2014 where he played the lead role in assisting members in the areas of advocacy at state and federal levels, industrial relations, industry information, and environmental education. He was responsible for the MTA’s Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Scheme which employed more than 550 apprentices and trainees.

He has held a number of board positions including:

  • President of Group Training Australia (SA)

  • Founding Director of Auto Skills Australia – the automotive industry’s national training body

  • Councillor on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council

  • Interim TAFE SA Director April–December 2018.

Before joining the MTA, he was the General Manager – International Business at Business SA and held a number of executive positions with, Insurance Australia Group.

Earlier career history has included senior experience within the South Australian Government including as an Executive Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet with responsibilities for all economic related cabinet items, policies and policy implementation including major projects.

John has also worked as a Chief of Staff to former SA Premier Hon. John Olsen as well as Deputy Premier and Treasurer Hon. Stephen Baker.

As a journalist, John worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation specialising in finance, political and industrial reporting for both radio and TV.


Resolution Institute thanks CCK Lawyers for generously hosting this event.