Licence lending is not allowed

The QBCC would like to remind licensees to not engage in licence lending or licence borrowing.

Licence lending can include:

  • providing another person with your licence details so they can undertake or contract for work; or
  • engaging a person who is not an employee of your company to act as a nominee supervisor for your company.

Licence borrowing is where an unlicensed person, or a person who holds a licence for a different type of work, pretends to hold a licence for work.

Under section 30A of the QBCC Act, an individual may supervise building work carried out by a company, provided that they hold a nominee supervisor’s licence for the relevant class of work, and that they are an officer or employee of the company.

Under section 51 of the QBCC Act, a licensee must not allow another person to use their licence to pretend to be licensed. This includes both an unlicensed person, or a person who holds a licence but for a different type of work.

Penalties apply for both the person who lends their licence, and the person who borrows a licence (maximum penalty of $31,537.50 per offence).

If you believe that someone may be engaging in licence lending or licence borrowing, you can lodge a complaint with the QBCC.