Supreme Court of New South Wales – 3 December 2004


TQM Design & Construct Pty Ltd (‘TQM’) and Dasein Constructions Pty Ltd (“Dasein’) entered into a construction contract.

Dasein served a Payment Claim pursuant to section 13 of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (‘the Act’). TQM did not accept the claim. Accordingly, Dasein referred the matter to Adjudication.

Dasein said that an Adjudication Application was given to TQM by a courier who delivered a package to TQM’s principal place of business. The courier knocked on the front door and, having received no response, went to the rear of the house. The courier did not see anyone and then left the envelope at the rear door as he was told this would be all right. TQM tendered evidence stating that a member of the household was present all day who went out the back door several times on the  day in question and did not see a package. TQM says that the package was received the next day on the front porch.Dasein then put  submissions to the Adjudicator to the effect that he could not consider TQM’s adjudication response because it was out of time. These submissions were not copied to TQM or its solicitors.

When the Adjudicator came to consider the matter he referred to the problem that the Adjudication Response was out of time and found that the Adjudication Application had been served within time and noted that, accordingly, the Adjudication Response was out of time. Thus, the Adjudicator did not consider TQM’s Adjudication Response.


Whether the Adjudication Application was served on or received by TQM and whether the Adjudicator denied TQM natural justice by failing to consider its Adjudication Response.


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