As the new state government in Queensland draws toward the end of its first year in office, controversy over changes to payment laws within the construction sector introduced by the previous government is growing, with critics calling for the changes to be reversed but building industry lobby groups saying the amendments were necessary to address fundamental flaws a previously dysfunctional system.

Introduced last year by the Newman Liberal government, amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 extended time frames for respondents to payment claims to provide payment schedule and subsequent adjudication response for complex claims. The amendments also allowed respondents to provide additional reasons for withholding part…