Contractor offences

Demerit points

How will I get demerit points?

Demerit points are issued if you don’t:

  • pay Queensland Home Warranty Insurance premiums
  • follow QBCC directions to rectify defective or incomplete work
  • meet your legislative requirements
  • pay judgment debts (i.e. debts ordered by a court or tribunal).

Demerit point amounts

Offences can attract anything from 2 to 10 demerit points, depending on the offence committed.

If you get 30 demerit points in a 3-year period, you can’t hold a licence for 3 years. If, within 10 years of the first disqualification, you again accumulate 30 demerit points over a 3-year period, you’ll get a lifetime disqualification.

Accumulating demerit points when you are not licensed will affect your ability to apply for a licence.

Demerit point offences

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991

Section of Act

Description of Offence

Demerit points applicable 

s.42B(1)

Carrying out building work without a nominee

10

s.42D 

Unauthorised fire protection work

10

s.43(1) 

Company not ensuring personal supervision 

8

s.43(2) 

Individual not ensuring personal supervision 

8

s.43A(1) 

Company not ensuring adequate supervision 

s.43A(2)

Individual not ensuring adequate supervision 

s.43B(2) 

Construction Manager Company not ensuring personal supervision 

s.43B(3) 

Construction Manager Individual not ensuring personal supervision 

s.43C(2) 

Construction Manager Company not ensuring adequate supervision 

s.43C(3) 

Construction Manager Individual not ensuring adequate supervision 

s.50C(4) 

Failing to comply with audit 

s.51A(1) 

Licensed contractor helping unlicensed contractor commit offence against section 42 

10 

s.51A(2) 

Licensed contractor using other's name, number or PIN 

10 

s.51B(2) 

Licensed contractor contracting with unlicensed person 

s.53B(1) 

Providing false and misleading documents regarding financial requirements 

s.56(2)(b) 

Partnership with unlicensed person in contravention of section 56(1)(d) 

s.67G(1) 

No written contract (not domestic less than $10,000)

s.67G(2)

No written contract (not domestic more than $10,000) 

s.67G(3)

Contract does not comply with formal requirements (not domestic)

s.67I(4)

Direction not in writing (commercial contracts)

s.67V(1)

Failure to warn that a contract is a construction management trade contract

s.68(1)

Failure to pay insurance premium for residential construction work (offences prior to 28 October 2016)

s.68B(2)

Licensed contractor failed to pay appropriate insurance premium (offences occurring on or after 28 October 2016)

4

s.68B(3)

Licensed contractor failed to pay appropriate insurance premium for speculative work (offences occurring on or after 28 October 2016)

4

s.68C(2)

Construction manager failed to pay appropriate insurance premium (offences occurring on or after 28 October 2016)

4

s.73

Failure to comply with a direction to rectify or remedy 

10 

s.106B(1)

Failure to produce document

8

s.108A(2)

Failure to keep documents for 7 years

4

s.108B(1)

Providing false or misleading statement

4

s.108C(1)

Providing false or misleading document

4

s.108C(3)

Making false or misleading entry in document

4

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 - Schedule 1B (domestic contracts)

Section of Act

Description of Offence

Demerit points applicable

Schedule 1B s.15

Failure to provide copy of contract for building owner including plans and specifications

4

Schedule 1B s.16(2)

Failure to provide copy of commencement notice

2

Schedule 1B s.17(2)

Failure to provide copies of certificate of inspection

2

Schedule 1B s.18(2)

Failure to provide consumer building guide

2     

Schedule 1B s.30

Work started before contract complies

10

Schedule 1B s.31(2)

Foundations data not obtained before entering into a contract

4

Schedule 1B s.31(5)

Failure to provide copy of foundations data to building owner

2

Schedule 1B s.33(1)

Excess deposits

4

Schedule 1B s.34(1)

Progress payments did not directly relate to work

2

Schedule 1B s.40(2)

Variations were not in writing

2

Schedule 1B s.40(5)

Variations were not in writing and signed by building owner before work started

2

Schedule 1B s.41(1)

Variation document failed to comply with formal requirements

2

Schedule 1B s.42(2)

Extension of time did not comply

2

Schedule 1B s.42(3)

Failure to provide signed copy of extension of time

2

Schedule 1B s.43(2)

Caveat lodged on resident owner

4

Other demerit point matters

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 

Section of Act

Demerit point matter 

Demerit points applicable

s.67AW

Non-payment of judgment debt

10

Public records and demerit points

Demerit points are publically recorded on our on-line licence search and are removed three years from their date of issue.