If you have any queries regarding CDI’s publications, do not hesitate to contact us.

CDI Lawyers and our principals are authors of multiple publications containing commentary and guidance on the legal developments impacting upon the construction, development and infrastructure industries.

Annotated Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld).

The CDI Lawyers annotated service for the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (the Act) is the definitive source for judicial commentary and interpretation of the Act.  The service provides a yearly subscription to an annotated version of the Act, and succinct summaries of decisions which directly relate to the interpretation of the Act. The service is a necessity for anyone who is involved in adjudications or disputes under the Act.

The service is drafted by CDI Lawyers and is styled to make the legislation easy to understand in a single reading. The key benefits of the service include:

1. a master version of the annotated Act;

2. monthly updates, highlighting any new decisions or amendments to the service;

3. urgent updates summarising any major Australian superior court cases involving the Act (which are provided within 3 business days of the decision being handed down; and

4. hyperlinks to any decisions referred to in the service.

The service is an essential tool for adjudicators, consultants, developers, contractors and all others involved in the building industry in Queensland.

Cost: $500 (ex GST) per person or organisation per year.

For subscription enquiries, please contact us on +61 07 3367 7100 or by email to

CDI Lawyers’ WH&S Practical Guide.

At CDI Lawyers, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with strategic and pragmatic guidance, advice and legal representation on all aspects of WH&S, including compliance with WH&S duties and assisting our clients through all phases of a serious WH&S incident.

Whilst our primary focus is ensuring that our clients comply with their duties and complete each and every project without incident; we appreciate that sometimes accidents or lapses in safety occur and you may, at one stage or another, be faced with a serious WH&S incident. In such circumstances, it is imperative that you are prepared and understand your rights and responsibilities.

As part of our service to our clients, we have prepared a practical guide to equip our clients with the knowledge and ability to correctly manage a serious WH&S incident, participate in investigations and ultimately minimise their exposure when faced with a serious WH&S Incident.

The WH&S Practical Guide is an easy to read booklet that provides a practical summary of issues that may occur when there is a serious WH&S Incident, equipping our clients with

the knowledge and ability to address those issues and ensure that their rights are protected.

The WH&S Practical Guide provides, for example:

    1. a succinct summary of your notice and scene preservation obligations when there is a “notifiable incident”;
    2. a succinct summary of the powers of a WH&S Inspector when investigating a suspected contravention of the WH&S Act and our recommendations to ensure that those powers are not abused and your rights are protected; and
    3. our recommendations responding to questions put by the WH&S Inspector as part of their investigation of a suspected contravention of the WH&S Act.

Cost: Free to our trusted and loyal clients.

If you would like a copy, please contact Jay Hatten by email at


The Queensland Building Service.

The Queensland Building Service, published by Thomson Reuters and authored by Stephen Pyman of CDI Lawyers, and Colin Macleman, is an essential guide for all participants in the construction industry in Queensland, including builders, developers, architects, engineers and lawyers.

Available in Looseleaf format and online, the Queensland Building Service provides comprehensive annotations and commentary on key legislation impacting upon the Queensland building industry, including:

  • Building Code of Australia (annotated)
  • Queensland Development Code (annotated)
  • Building Act 1975 (Qld) (annotated)
  • Building Regulation 2006 (Qld)
  • Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (Qld)
  • Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (annotated)
  • Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 (annotated)
  • Commercial and Consumer Tribunal Act 2003 (Qld) (annotated)
  • Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000 (Qld) (annotated)
  • Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974 (Qld) in full text (annotated)
  • Regulations under all Acts in full
  • Key Explanatory Notes and Second Reading Speeches for selected Acts.

More information is available from Thomson Reuters.

Annotated Subcontractors’ Charges Act.


The Annotated Subcontractors’ Charges Act (SCA), authored by Stephen Pyman of CDI Lawyers, is an essential guide for builders, developers, architects, engineers and legal practitioners involved in the construction industry in Queensland. Originally introduced in 1974, the SCA continues to provide a powerful avenue for subcontractors to enhance security of payment.

The SCA has been described as legislation that confers special rights and privileges on subcontractors. As such, enforcement of the SCA requires strict compliance with its terms. The looseleaf service details all of the essential caselaw and commentary required to enforce or defend a charge.


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