Being a fit and proper person to hold a licence

Getting a licence involves more than just providing information about your experience and qualifications. To hold a licence, you must be a ‘fit and proper’ person.  For companies, this includes directors, secretaries and other influential people.

What does it mean to be fit and proper? 

In deciding whether you are fit and proper to hold a contractor’s licence, we consider:

  • your honesty and integrity in commercial and other dealings
  • any failure to carry out commercial or statutory obligations and the reasons behind the failure
  • whether you have done any Tier 1 defective work
  • whether you have failed to pay an infringement notice for an offence under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991
  • Whether you have had an interstate or New Zealand licence cancelled or suspended
  • any other relevant factor (e.g. criminal history). If an individual has been convicted of any criminal offence (excluding traffic offences) within 10 years, upon application, they will be required to provide the QBCC with a National Police Certificate no older than 30 days and obtained through an Australian State or Federal Police establishment. Police checks from private providers will not be accepted by the QBCC as these reports may not include all police history information.

What happens if I am not fit and proper?

If we have evidence that suggests you don’t meet the fit and proper criteria, we won’t grant you a licence, or we’ll suspend or cancel your existing licence.

Fit and proper appeals

You have the right to appeal a decision through the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Fit and proper complaints

If there is sufficient evidence, we investigate complaints about applicants or licensees showing serious fit and proper concerns.