Before You Begin

Before you begin, you need to know:

  • You have 30 days from the time of purchase to complete the paid course content;
  • The course is presented at an easy pace and is easy to understand;
  • There are no quizzes or assessments;
  • The course contains 5 easy to follow core videos and a number of easy to use downloadable flowcharts, checklists and example payment claims and schedules;
  • The first course video (Chapter 1) is free. It is free to register for the course, once you’re registered you can access Chapter 1;
  • You’ll need to set aside almost 3 hours of your time to complete the course. You don’t have to do the course in one block of 3 hours, you can spread it out over 30 days, plus you can revisit and replay the course as often as you like over 30 days;
  • You need to check that the course works on your device before purchasing it, use "Preview" above or "Video Test" in the menu; and
  • 10% of the course cost is donated to Mates in Construction Queensland. So thanks for helping a mate!

Course Summary

The BIF Act changes affect virtually every business in the Queensland building and construction industry. But what does that mean for you?

This course is designed just for subbies and trade contractors to explain how the new BIF Act works and what that means in reality.

The course discusses not just being a claimant, but also being a payer because under the BIF Act if you have your own subbies, or buy related goods and services you are a payer. And with stiff consequences (including QBCC fines and penalty units) it is vital that you know how this new law works.

Some of the things subbies and trade contractors will learn about in this course include:

  • What you need to know as a claimant (beyond what the Act says)?
  • What you need to know as a payer?
  • What is a valid payment claim under BIF?
  • What is a valid payment schedule under BIF?
  • What timeframes apply to payment claims and payment schedules under BIF?
  • What timeframes apply to adjudication under BIF?
  • What is a reference date and how do use it under BIF?
  • When can suspension of work be used and why it can be used under BIF?
  • What can and can’t be done with disputes under BIF?
  • When and how can adjudication as a claimant be used under BIF?
  • When and how must responses to adjudication claims be done under BIF?
  • How to get ready and prepare your files, contracts for BIF?
  • The effect of business days versus calendar days?

Supporting Mates in Construction

As members of the construction industry, we think it is important to give back and support a mate. Mates in Construction is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. Aitchison Reid donates 10% of the course price to Mates in Construction Queensland for each course purchased. Buy the course and we'll donate.

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Course content

  • 2
    Chapter 1 Introduction to Security of Payment
  • 3
    Chapter 2 Guide to How Security of Payment Works
    • Guide to How Security of Payment Works - 18:55
  • 4
    Chapter 3 Guide to Being a Claimant
    • Guide to Being a Claimant - 52:52
  • 5
    Chapter 4 Guide to Being a Payer
    • Guide to Being a Payer - 42:47
  • 6
    Chapter 5 Guide to Getting Ready
    • Guide to Getting Ready - 30:22
  • 7
    Downloads: Adjudications and File Checklist
    • Adjudications for Less Than $25,000
    • File Checklist
  • 8
    Downloads: Calendars
    • Calendar July 2019
    • Calendar June 2019
    • Calendar May 2019
    • Calendar April 2019
    • Calendar March 2019
    • Calendar February 2019
    • Calendar January 2019
    • Calendar December 2018
  • 9
    Downloads: Definitions
    • Definition of Construction Work
    • Definition of Related Goods and Services
    • Due Date for Payment
    • Payment Claim
    • Payment Schedule
    • Reference Date
  • 10
    Downloads: Example Claims and Schedules
    • Payment Claim Example
    • Formal Payment Schedule Example
    • Informal Payment Schedule Example
  • 11
    Downloads: Flowcharts
    • Flowchart Actions a Payer Can Take
    • Flowchart What Happens When
    • Flowchart Consequences Adjudication No Payment Schedule
    • Flowchart Consequences Adjudication Payment Schedule Agreeing to Pay
    • Flowchart Consequences Adjudication Payment Schedule Raising Dispute
    • Flowchart Consequences Court
    • Flowchart Consequences Suspension of Work
  • 12
    Useful Links
    • Useful Links
  • 13
    Course Survey
    • Your feedback on our online course


Your course instructor Fionna is a building and construction lawyer, she's worked for subcontractors and trade contractors since 2002, and is our director and principal solicitor at Aitchison Reid Building and Construction Lawyers.

Passionate about security of payment and a vocal advocate for the rights of subbies and tradies to get paid, Fionna understands how to make business processes, contracts and legislation work for subbies and trade contractors.

Very much a part of the building and construction industry from the beginning, Fionna is:

Fionna is one of four eminent professionals appointed by Minister Mick de Brenni to serve on the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel. The Panel is tasked to assess and evaluate the implementation of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017.

For further information about Fionna, visit our team page.