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Contract variations must be in writing

Builder and home owner with contract

It is essential that you, as a contractor, properly document all variations.

Correct documentation of variations will help ensure you are paid for the work that you are being asked to do.

It will also help you avoid possible compliance action and costly disputes if there is any disagreement arising from changes to the work you have been contracted to carry out.

The variation documentation must:

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Make sure your building contract complies with the law

Builder with contract

The easiest and cheapest way to make sure your domestic building contract complies with legislation introduced earlier this year is to use a standard form contract produced by the QBCC or a major industry association.

Acting Commissioner of the QBCC, Kellie Lowe, said the changes, introduced on 1 July, helped create a level playing field for all parties to the contract and clearly specified the minimum requirements for domestic building contracts in Queensland.

Site managers must hold the correct licence

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A licensed building company and its nominee must make sure that building work carried out by the company is personally supervised by the company’s nominee or an employee who holds a licence of the relevant class that authorises supervision of the building work. 

The maximum penalty for a company failing to meet this requirement is $117,800. 

If the building site is under the control of an appropriately licensed person, other employees in a supporting supervisory role are not required to be licensed unless they are engaged as contractors.

Pool fences must measure up by 30 November

This week the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Leeanne Enoch, launched a pool safety campaign urging pool owners to ensure their pool fences comply with state laws by 30 November.

With drowning being one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for chidren under five, it is important that Queenslanders do everything possible to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

Compliant pool fencing, along with active supervision and learning to swim, can save lives.

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Pool Safety Seminar makes a splash

Pool safety inspectors (PSIs) and local government officers from across Queensland converged in Brisbane earlier this month to discuss their important roles in pool safety inspection and compliance.

CEO of Hannah’s Foundation and licensed PSI, Andrew Plint, delivered a powerful presentation about why pool safety matters in reducing immersion incidents for young childen under five years of age.

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Upcoming MPAQ PIPEs

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As plumbers, many of you work outside by yourselves and rarely get the chance to have a yarn to other plumbers about issues that affect you in your day-to-day work.

PIPEs (Plumbing Industry Panel and Expos) are a free event held by Master Plumbers Association Queensland (MPAQ) for those of you working in the industry, where you can do just that.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been working longer than you care to remember,  PIPEs are a chance to meet up and keep up to date with important industry information.

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Public Housing Development Opportunities

The Department of Housing and Public Works is seeking registrations of interest (ROI) from QBCC licensed builders who can source land for residential apartment complexes of between four and twenty units in size and then build the apartments to the specification and design provided by the department. The department will buy the land from successful applicants and then make progress payments throughout construction.

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Research recommendations for cyclone-proof housing

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James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) has partnered with Suncorp Insurance to help create greater cyclone resilience in north Queensland.

The recent report, Build to Last, shows that a retrofit program would provide greater protection against cyclones for north Queensland homes, and deliver a range of social and economic benefits.

The study found that older homes have suffered significant structural damage compared to housing built in accordance with today’s wind load standards.

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