Industry advice

Compliance is the only language that matters

QBCC office

A Brisbane plastering company was recently convicted and fined $40,000 for hiring a number of unlicensed workers to perform plastering work valued over $2.5 million.

In Queensland, plastering work is defined as building work that requires a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence.

QBCC compliance officers attended the Brisbane building site, interviewed the site manager and obtained evidence showing a contractual arrangement between the builder and the offender.

Certifiers must satisfy responsibilities with fire authority

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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.

Cyclone Testing Station looks for new ways of building in NQ

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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.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

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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.

For more information please go to the AssentTECS website.

 

Making changes to address issues with PAS

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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. 

Changes affecting cost-plus contracts

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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.

Make sure your building contract complies with the law

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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.

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