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Commencement notice for domestic contracts of $20,000 or more

Builder and owners in kitchen discussing plans

For all domestic building contracts priced at $20,000 or more, you, as a contractor, are now required to give owners a ‘commencement notice’ within 10 business days of the contracted work commencing on site.  

The notice must state the exact date work commenced on site and the date for practical completion.

Some contracts, including those available on the QBCC website, include a ‘commencement notice’ ready for you to fill out.

Download a contract for domestic building work.


When the owner withdraws during cooling-off period

Home owner mailing paperwork.

If an owner chooses to withdraw during the cooling-off period (which is five business days), then they must give you, as the contractor, a written withdrawal notice.

You are entitled to receive or retain an amount equal to any out-of-pocket expenses you have reasonably incurred up to the time the owner withdrew, and if you have given the owner the required documentation you are also entitled to an additional $100.

Making changes to address issues with PAS

Man sitting at desk working on a computer

The QBCC is making changes to address the systems outage issues and errors experienced when lodging Notifiable Work forms through the Plumbing Application Service (PAS) system. 

Our service provider recently deployed upgrades to the current PAS system that has provided some interim improvements. Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that a replacement system has been commissioned. 

Gun nailing of framing anchors and straps

Gun nail fixings

The QBCC has recently investigated a number of complaints and issues about the inappropriate use of gun nails used to secure framing anchors and the like.

Over a number of years our industry appears to have gravitated away from hand-driving the special purpose connector nails supplied by bracket manufacturers, and tradesmen are instead securing these brackets using power-driven fasteners, such as gun nailing. 

Pool safety nonconformity notices and the appeals process

Children jumping into a swimming pool

The QBCC has received complaints from pool owners about Pool Safety Inspectors (PSIs) issuing nonconformity notices that don’t comply with the requirements of the Building Act 1975

Whilst it is not mandatory for PSIs to use a Form 26 when issuing a nonconformity notice, a Form 26 includes all the details that are required.

A Form 26 also includes required information about the appeals process and how to contact the building and development dispute resolution committees, as a pool owner who disagrees with a nonconformity notice may appeal to the committees.


Let’s work together to stop unlicensed contracting

Builder working on site.

At the QBCC, we are determined to go after unlicensed rogues who do the wrong thing by the construction industry and their customers.

In order to do this, we need your help.

We rely on the public – that includes licensees, home owners, neighbours and everyone in between – to provide us with information and, most importantly, evidence of unlicensed building work.

Concerns over pool barrier compliance deadline

Pool Safety Inspectors (PSIs) and the QBCC have received numerous enquiries from pool owners concerned about missing the 1 December compliance deadline.

Only local councils have the power to enforce this requirement and issue fines against noncompliant pool owners.

QBCC can help with advising what the legal requirements are:  If you’re a pool owner, the law applies to you from 1 December and we encourage you to work towards compliance as soon as you can.

Foundations data

Earth works

Foundations data is used to determine the cost of earthworks and may include, for example, soil tests and contour surveys.

As a licensed contractor, you must obtain the foundations data and incorporate any costs into the contract before it is signed by the property owner.

An exemption is granted if you, as the contractor, are not legally entitled to enter the building site to obtain the data before the contract is signed and the contract guarantees there will be no price increase when the data is obtained at a later date.