The human cost of alleged non-payment of subcontractors in Western Australia was on full display in 2015 as 53-year-old Perth based ceilings contractor Ross McGinn took his own life after allegedly having $2 million worth of outstanding progress payments owing from contractor John Holland on the government run Perth Children’s Hospital Project and being forced to lay off workers.

Whilst the government later reported that an investigation had cleared John Holland over wrongdoing, allegations about non-payment of subcontractors have surfaced on other projects such as Perth Stadium and the Elizabeth Quay redevelopment. As a result, the government was forced to act. New rules now in force under the amended…