Industry Today

Certifiers must satisfy responsibilities with fire authority

Certifier on site

Here, at the QBCC, we have been informed that a number of building certifiers are not satisfying their legislative responsibilities.

All certifiers must supply the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) with prescribed documentation under sections 334 (see sections 334 to 338) of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and section 107 of the Building Act 1975.

It is important that the QFES have accurate and up-to-date records of buildings, both under construction and complete, within their jurisdiction as a referral agency.

Cyclone Testing Station looks for new ways of building in NQ

Lightening hitting land at night

If you’re a licensee who works in cyclone territory, you would be well aware of the devastating impact extreme weather systems can have on homes and work sites.

What you might not know is that James Cook University’s (JCU) Cyclone Testing Station is in the business of researching new and improved ways of building and rebuilding homes in North Queensland.

JCU has plenty of videos online that offer useful information and helpful tips for builders and home owners alike.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

Hands typing on a lap top

If you have ever considered becoming a private certifier or you are already a building certifier and would like to obtain development approval endorsement, you will need to complete a course in issuing development permits for building work.

The next course is scheduled to run in Brisbane over two days on Thursday 18 February and Friday 19 February, 2016.

For more information please go to the AssentTECS website.


Plumbing Inspectors Seminar talks alternative solutions

Plumbers tools

Last month 60 plumbing inspectors from across Queensland descended on the south-east for the second plumbing inspectors’ seminar held by the QBCC.

Key-note speaker Darryl O’Brien from Central Queensland University discussed performance-based alternative solutions under the National Construction Code Plumbing Code of Australia.

Jorgen Gullestrup and Phil Hortz also spoke about the heartfelt work of Mates in Construction and suicide prevention in the plumbing industry. 


Changes affecting cost-plus contracts

Builder reading contract

A cost-plus contract is a contract under which  a contractor is paid for all construction-related expenses, including materials and subcontractor charges, plus an agreed percentage or fixed sum to allow for a profit.

This type of contract was previously prohibited for domestic building work, unless certain strict conditions were met.

Under new legislation, cost-plus contracts are now treated like any other contract and are therefore subject to the usual Level 1 and Level 2 contract requirements, depending on the estimated value of the work.

Women in Plumbing Breakfast

Women in plumbing breakfast

Today female plumbing licensees rubbed shoulders with the Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation, the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, and the QBCC Acting Commissioner, Kellie Lowe, at the inaugural Women in Plumbing Breakfast.

This event was held in order to recognise the contribution of women to the plumbing industry in Queensland.

Plumbing, like many trades, has been a male-dominated industry for many years, although the past few years have seen an increase in the number of women getting licensed.


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:


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.