Definition of 'construction work' broadened

The definition of ‘construction work’ has been broadened to include design, engineering, and quantity surveying work. The expanded definition, which is effective from 1 September 2016, was brought into effect under the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015. Under the change, parties to contracts related to design, engineering, and quantity surveying will now be able to access the payments and dispute resolution services under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

The broadened definition allows designers, engineers and quantity surveyors to ensure they are properly paid for their services in a timely manner. It also helps consumers hold architects, engineers and quantity surveyors to account for their work. The change does not affect contracts entered into or renewed before 1 September 2016.

In other changes that came into force on 1 December 2015, residential and commercial construction contracts are now treated equally under the Act, and adjudication and enforcement processes have been improved.

MBIE's Building Performance page Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 has more information about the Act.

You can read a fact sheet about changes relating to adjudication and enforcement [PDF, 420KB] on our MBIE Corporate website.

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