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Contracts and compliance support

HIA offers you business, contract, compliance and regulatory information that is up-to-date and tailored to your needs. 

Contracts and compliance support

HIA offers you business, contract, compliance and regulatory information that is up-to-date and tailored to your needs. 

Rely on Australia’s building industry experts for all your contract and compliance needs

As a business owner, guidance on your contract and compliance obligations is something you hope you’ll never need – but unfortunately it's often inevitable that one day you will.

HIA’s expert Contracts and Compliance advisors can offer you bespoke support to help you navigate the maze of compliance in the building industry. We'll ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant information and advice to effectively run your business.

Contracts and Compliance: Keep your finger on the pulse

With over 70 years’ experience as Australia’s national home building association, HIA's Contracts and Compliance advisors can provide information and guidance to help you stay aware, stay compliant, manage expectations and resolve building disputes. Our team specialise in residential building contractual and compliance advice, available exclusively to HIA members and tailored to your business.  As a member, you can:

  • Access unlimited free contractual and compliance advice relating to building and construction issues - specific to your business
  • Speak to our Contracts and Compliance team, who focus on the residential building industry
  • Receive expert advice with practical solutions.
The Contracts and Compliance team serve as a cornerstone of support for HIA members, offering guidance, advice, and expertise to navigate the compliance landscape of residential building projects with confidence. 
Members can take advantage of various services, including contract advice tailored to the specifics of their projects. This encompasses a range of crucial areas of compliance such as:
  • Rights and obligations of contracts: understanding the terms and conditions of your HIA contracts
  • Which contract to use for your specific project
  • Subcontractor issues and advice
  • Extension of Time (EOT) claims and Variation claims
  • Security of Payments
  • Review of Special Conditions
  • Payment disputes including adjudication processes
  • Employment and industrial relations – engaging staff, award diagnosis, employment documents 
  • Advice regarding regulator decisions and directions: offences under legislation, defective work, dealing with defects
  • Understanding new or updated legislation that impacts our industry
  • Tribunals and monies owed – general advice and processes.
Area of advice Can we help?
Payment disputes
What contract to use
HIA contract advice
Review of Special Conditions
Advice regarding regulator decisions and directions
Supplier issues and advice
Advice regarding tribunal decisions and directions
Extensions of Time (EOT) advice
Variation advice
Employment matters and advice (hiring, firing and managing)
Understanding new or updated legislation that impacts our industry
Subcontractor/builder issues and advice
Work Health & Safety obligations
Engaging independent contractors
Getting paid
Responding to unions onsite
Employee rates of pay
Dealing with owner builders
Terminating contracts
Tribunal actions
Representation in courts or tribunal actions
Non business related areas (e.g. family law/traffic law)
Drafting clauses and special conditions
Court assistance and drafting


I've been an HIA member for over five years and they recently provided advice on a legislative matter and helped me produce a comprehensive, evidence-based argument. I'm pleased to say that the matter has since been resolved in my favour, thanks to the valuable information and advice from HIA. 
Daniel Connell, Managing Director, Precision Builders Australia


To find out more, contact HIA's Contracts and Compliance team

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No matter the size of the job, a watertight building contract is critical to protect your business, and the current climate presents a great opportunity to go digital with your contracts.

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