The South Australian government is cracking down on the bullying of subcontractors seeking payment by principal or head contractors.
Under proposed new changes, head and principal contractors face fines of up to $50,000 for individuals or $250,000 for companies and face a jail sentence of up to 2 years.
The government is seeking to amend the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 which would make it an offence to assault, threaten or intimidate subcontractors seeking payment for their work.
This will not only hopefully stop the bullying of subcontractors, but also keep the cash flowing. A number of subcontractors have gone out of business and others have been bullied when trying to get paid for work done.