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.
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.
The Consumer Building Guide is an easy-to-read document that must be given by the contractor to the home owner before the owner signs any domestic building contract priced at $20,000 or more. Any delay in giving the guide to the owner extends the cooling-off period, during which the owner may withdraw from the 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.
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.
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.