The SA Division hosted a President’s Breakfast at the Stables of Victoria Park in Rose Park on Wednesday 13th February.

Damien Brand, SA Division President, gave a very warm welcome and introduced SA’s new Divisional Secretary Janine Kitson before discussing collaboration as a key to building successful relationships with Government, Developers and Shopping Centres.

ASOFIA’s National Membership Manager Martine Poulain introduced herself to members and explained the expansion of her role from the North East region to now encompassing the Southern and Western Divisions. Martine will be working closely with Janine to build relationships with members in South Australia.

National President Chris Hookham gave an overview of the recent activities and achievements of ASOFIA nationally and acknowledged that whilst SA was the smallest division of ASOFIA, it is also the trendsetter being the first Division to employ a secretary – prompting other Division’s to follow suit.

Chris announced the location for the upcoming 23rd National Conference being in Canberra on the 25th – 28th October and encouraged all members to attend. He also discussed the challenges facing the shopfitting industry, including the lack of skilled workers and apprentices and the role ASOFIA plays in the industry, liaising with Government, TAFE and Developers alike to address this issue and ensure the growth of the shopfitting industry.

Edition one, 2019 of ASOFIA’s industry magazine “Interior Fitout” is out now. This edition features Decorative Finishes and Lighting, as well as Designers and an overview of the redevelopment of AMP’s Karrinyup Shopping Centre. In addition, you’ll find regular segments including industry news, retail news, “Your Business”, a showcase of New Members to ASOFIA and “Meet The Member”.

CLICK HERE to read the latest edition.

Code covered contractors are reminded that from 1 September 2018, the ABCC will treat any failure to report disputed or delayed payments as a breach of the Code.

Disputed and delayed payments to subcontractors must be reported to the ABCC as soon as practicable after the date that payment is due. Further detail on reporting obligations and a security of payment reporting form are available on the ABCC website.

This reporting obligation was announced in July at the commencement of the ABCC’s security of payment campaign aimed at creating awareness of payment obligations and rights under the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

The campaign also asks code covered contractors to:

  • make payments in a timely manner
  • resolve disputes reasonably and cooperatively
  • document and follow their dispute settlement process
  • not coerce or pressure subcontractors regarding payment
  • comply with any adjudication determinations.

For further information and to report any disputes or delays visit abcc.gov.au/securityofpayment.