Get construction sites ready for storm season

Get ready for storm season

Storm season is on its way! We urge all licensed contractors to prepare your building sites for potential severe weather conditions.

We strongly suggest taking precautions on your worksites to avoid the risk of injury, damage and costs associated with storms and cyclones.

It's a good idea to:

Check your pool fences following Cyclone Debbie

Check your pool fencing

Recent severe weather events may have caused damage or unexpected movement to swimming pool fencing or barrier components. 

Any damaged fencing that allows access to a child under five should be made compliant immediately. 

Flooding and heavy rain events are very likely to have caused differential ground movements to the posts supporting your pool safety gate. This can cause your gate to not self-close or self-latch. 

A property owner should repair this work immediately or have a suitably qualified contractor make the repairs.

Building and Tradie Assistance Register

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s (QBCC) Building and Tradie Assistance Register was set up in the wake of Cyclone Debbie to help property owners find local licensed contractors.

The register includes hundreds of licensed contractors from a variety of trades, including those licensed by regulators other than the QBCC.

All contractors on the register have nominated specifically to work in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie.


Concern over conformity of threaded cyclone rods

Cyclone rod

Building products and systems used in building work need to comply with the National Construction Code and related Australian Standards.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has recently detected issues with the threaded rod, a material commonly used in the residential sector for providing tie-down to roof and wall frames particularly in high wind and cyclonic wind speed regions.

Cyclone Testing Station looks for new ways of building in NQ

Lightening hitting land at night

If you’re a licensee who works in cyclone territory, you would be well aware of the devastating impact extreme weather systems can have on homes and work sites.

What you might not know is that James Cook University’s (JCU) Cyclone Testing Station is in the business of researching new and improved ways of building and rebuilding homes in North Queensland.

JCU has plenty of videos online that offer useful information and helpful tips for builders and home owners alike.