5 September 2013
Minister seeks reassurance for contractors
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has made it clear to Transfield Services that she expects
the company to pay its contractors as quickly as possible.
“It is my expectation that Transfield Services should be looking to make these payments without further delay.
“Transfield Services needs to explain exactly why this situation has developed, what it is doing to resolve it and give
an assurance that it will not happen again.
“It is disappointing for the contractors and their families that they have not been paid and I am eager to see this
Ms Adams has asked Crown Fibre Holdings, which oversees the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) project on the Government’s
behalf, to work closely with Transfield Services until the situation is resolved.
“I am advised that the issue with Transfield Services only involves a limited number of contractors. It is disappointing
that this situation has occurred, and I have made it clear to Transfield Services through Crown Fibre Holdings that this
needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
“It is not good enough when a contractor does a fair day’s work, but then does not get paid. I want to see people get
paid for the work they have done”
Ms Adams says it is important to note that the issue was unlikely to have an impact on the overall UFB build programme.
“The overall programme is well on track and business is continuing as usual across much of the country. From time to
time these situations occur, but I have made it very clear to all involved that I am far from happy.”