VIC: Payment Schedule NOT Served - Suspension of Work

There are 3 circumstances in which a claimant may exercise a statutory entitlement to suspend work.

  1. The claimant has received a valid payment schedule but the respondent fails to pay the scheduled amount by the due date for payment; or
  2. A payment schedule was not served within time and the respondent fails to pay the whole claimed amount by the due date for payment; or
  3. The adjudicated amount is not paid within 5 business days after an adjudication determination is received by the respondent.

Notwithstanding anything in the contract, the claimant is not liable for any loss or expense suffered by the respondent as a consequence of a suspension of work under the Act. If in response to a suspension the respondent removes any work from the claimant's contract, the respondent is liable for any loss and expense suffered by the claimant as a result of the respondent's action. The respondent must be provided with 3 business days written notice of the claimant's intention to suspend work.  For example, if the due date for payment is Monday and the written notice is provided on Tuesday, work may be suspended from Monday of the next week.

The notice may take the form:

"You have failed to pay the amount due under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 Victoria in respect of my payment claim served on you on date......... Take notice that pursuant to my right under section 29 of the Act, I will suspend work at the expiration of three business days unless, in the meantime, the amount due is paid in full.

Once the claimant has been paid the amount due, work must resume within 3 business days or such lesser period of more than one business day as provided by contract.

Payment for the loss and expense can be pursued through adjudication like any other due payments.

Please move to the next step on the Victorian flowchart" being "Claimant has 10 business days from Due Date for payment to prepare and serve 2nd opportunity Adjudication [s18(2)] Notice on Respondent re no Payment Schedule".

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