HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR ADJUDICATION?
By not charging an adjudication application fee, parties have the benefit that if a matter is withdrawn before the adjudicator commences work, the parties have nothing to pay. Generally fees are lower than other ANAs and our standards substantially higher.
Adjudication fees include the application fee, (currently $Nil), the adjudicator fee (which includes an Adjudicate Today service fee which is paid by the adjudicator) and any disbursements. Adjudicators do not bill the claimant until the adjudication determination has been completed or is withdrawn by the parties after work on the determination commenced.
Under the Act, all fees are shared equally by the claimant and the respondent unless the adjudicator determines differently. Most adjudicators will award 100% of their fee against the respondent if the payment claim is found to be wholly justified. Therefore a successful claimant should expect to recover most if not all the fees for the adjudication. If necessary, recovery of the adjudicator fee can be by application for a certificate of adjudication.
If issues are kept simple and the submissions of the parties are complete, clear and concise, adjudicator fees can be kept to a minimum. The process is intended to be informal, inexpensive and quick.
Fees (all amounts are GST inclusive):
Only experienced adjudicators are appointed Grade 2 or Senior. The majority of small value claims are completed in 8 hours or less however large claims; multiple claims; claims in which the respondent argues the dispute is outside the jurisdiction of the Act and/or raises other complex legal arguments; poorly presented claims or responses; or claims in which parties request conferences or inspections can exceed 8 hours.
It is wrong to assume that senior adjudicators will necessarily be more expensive. Our practical experience is that the more senior the adjudicator, the less time is required to finalise a determination. Adjudicators do not bill for a minimum number of hours. Only actual hours worked are billed. Unlike some other ANAs, we do not charge a separate administration fee or like.
|Up to $15,000||$110|
|$15,001 to $40,000||$330|
|$40,001 to $750,000||$550|