By Michael Chesterman

I believe that SOP for parties working in the construction industry will only be achieved through a sustainable industry.

What is SOP — security of payment?

In simple terms, it means parties that carry out construction work receive payments owing to them under a construction contract.

What is Sustainability?

The Australian Contractors Association (ACA) has identified three…

By Michael Chesterman

One adjudicator walks into the bar and asks for 10 shots of the establishment’s finest single malt scotch. The bartender sets him up, and the adjudicator takes the first shot in the row and pours it on the floor. …

By Michael Chesterman

I am unapologetically a big supporter of adjudication. In a previous article entitled Adjudication is ‘simply the best’, I explained the reasons for arriving at such a position, namely:

By Michael Chesterman

If we are honest, when significant changes come that will disrupt the status quo of how we do things, most of us just put our heads in the sand and hope it all goes away.

I know for a fact that many Head Contractors, in particular, have…

By Michael Chesterman

Before people criticise me for using the word ‘woke’ in this heading, I would like to explain what woke means to me.

Woke implies an awakening to social issues.

I recognise that woke may mean different things to other people because of the way it is employed…

By Michael Chesterman

I published this article almost 3 years ago and I have decided to republish it without making any significant changes aside from updated market valuations for other industry disruptors.


Because I despair that the construction industry in Australia still has not embraced innovation of a significant nature…

By Michael Chesterman

Since the tabling of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill on 22 August 2017, I have written many articles on the significant SOP reforms contained in this Bill. …

By Michael Chesterman

I am writing this article in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme of IWD this year is Choose to Challenge and that is an invitation I want to personally meet. I cannot begin to talk about the construction industry without acknowledging the horrific events of…

By Michael Chesterman

For the construction industry to build back better, there must be a genuine partnership between regulators and the industry.

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