There is now a great deal of legislation available on the internet, but it can sometimes be time-consuming to find the legislation that is most relevant to construction and engineering law. And so, as a matter of convenience, we reproduce some of the most-often referred to legislation below, where appropriate by way of link to the relevant AustLII page.

South Australia

Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (commences Dec 2011)

Building Work Contractors Act 1995

Building Work Contractors Regulations 1996

Commercial Arbitration Act 1986

Development Act 1993

Development Regulations 2008

Law Reform (Contributory Negligence and Apportionment of Liability) Act 2001

Worker’s Liens Act 1893

Other Jurisdictions

Australia – Commonwealth Legislation

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (including the Australian Consumer Law)

Trade Practices Act 1974 (repealed but still applies to contracts made prior to 1/1/2011)


Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2009

New South Wales

Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (as amended)

Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Regulation 2008

New Zealand

Construction Contracts Act 2002

Northern Territory

Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Act 2004

Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Regulations


Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004

Building and Construction Industry Payments Regulation 2004

Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007


Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009


Government of Victoria Legislation website

Building and Constuction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (as amended by the 2006 Act)

Building and Construction Indsutry Security of Payment Regulations 2003

Western Australia

Government of Western Australia Legislation website

Construction Contracts Act 2004

Construction Contracts Regulations 2004



A tabular summary of the key practical differences between the various States’ adjudication legislation