The Construction Contracts Act 2004 provides for security of payment in the construction industry through the use of rapid adjudication processes to determine payment disputes. It further prohibits or modifies certain “unfair” provisions in construction contracts and implies provisions in construction contracts about certain matters if there are no written provisions about these matters in the contract. In 2015 the Minster for Commerce commissioned a review of the Act to determine whether iy is meeting the needs of industry and whether amendment was required. This paper provides a background to the construction industry in Western Australia and the essential provisions of the Act together with the principal findings from the review. The recurring issue throughout the review was the critical need for widespread education and publicity regarding the existence of, and the provisions of the Act. Unless this occurs as a matter of urgency and priority, the Act will not fully achieve its objectives for the benefit of all sections of the construction industry.

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