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.
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.
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.