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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pool safety inspectors (PSIs) have reported that they are receiving increasing numbers of requests for advice only, rather than a formal inspection.
The pool safety inspector guidelines recommend clearly documenting the arrangement so that the customer understands what service is being provided - whether advice only or a formal pool safety inspection.
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.