ABIC contracts – New South Wales

The 2018 revised editions of the Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC) Major Works (MW), Simple Works (SW) commercial and domestic are provided below. Information about the ABIC contracts including which contract to use, FAQs and differences between the SW and MW contract, are available on the ABIC contracts  page. For a revised edition of the ABIC Basic Works (commercial) contract refer to ABIC Basic Works BW 2018.

Note: The ABIC MW and SW user guides have been updated for the new Corporations Act / insolvency laws that will affect all contracts and in particular Section Q of the ABIC contracts. For an explanation of the changes refer to Termination rights and insolvency events.

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Update: Changes to the Home Building Act 1989 and regulations (HBA), effective 1 July 2018 affect some of the consumer protection requirements and the home building compensation cover. These obligations fall on the contractor under the legislation and may not necessarily require the architect to complete or administer the contract in any different way. The ABIC authors have made updates to the NSW H contracts so they meet these new requirements. From 21 August 2018, all contracts published and sold will be the updated editions. All contracts signed before 1 July 2018 can continue to be used and administered.

These changes to the Home Building Act (NSW) have been updated in July 2020, including a new consumer building guide issued by NSW Fair Trading. The NSW H contracts remain current, but the updated consumer building guide is included in new contract packs sold and can be downloaded separately from the links below.