Bodies corporate and building owners across Queensland have been given additional time to complete Parts 2 and 3a of the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist.
To ensure building owners and bodies corporate have adequate time to call meetings, seek competitive quotes and make the necessary decisions for the completion of Parts 2 and 3a, the new deadlines will be as follows:
Over the past few months the QBCC has been actively involved in helping with disaster recovery following the Townsville floods.
Following a disaster, the QBCC focuses on three main steps - gathering information on the scope of the disaster, providing education and advice and ensuring that work is being completed by qualified tradespeople to the required standard.
Changes to the plumbing laws in Queensland are due to commence on 1 July 2019. To learn more about what these changes will look like, the Department of Housing and Public Works (HPW) are holding information sessions between April and June to inform licensees and industry about the impacts of these changes.
In early April 2019 the Service Trades Council visited Cairns to meet with local tradies in the area through an industry forum. The forum was a great success with good discussion held on the big changes impacting the plumbing industry in Queensland. During their stay, the STC also visited a site in Cairns to talk to workers and learn more about construction work happening in the local area. This site visit was kindly hosted by the Cairns Regional Council.
Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) 2019 will run from Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019. QSBW 2019 celebrates the small businesses who make a vital contribution to our state's economy and play an important role in each region and community across Queensland.
The Service Trades Council holds free industry forums throughout Queensland each year. These forums provide an opportunity for the Council to meet with licensees and hear about issues affecting the industry. These forums are also a way for licensees to learn about important changes in the industry and to ask questions.
As part of the Queensland Government’s current reforms to plumbing legislation, the Department of Housing and Public Works have released a new revised version of the Queensland Wastewater Code (QWC) on their website. The revised QWC includes changes to how information is presented, which better aligns with the National Construction Code Volume 3 and the Plumbing Code of Australia 2019.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has released a map highlighting the concentration of buildings being audited for combustible cladding in Queensland.
The state’s capital unsurprisingly tops the list with around 2300 building assessments continuing through Part 2 of the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist. More than 9200 building assessments were registered in Brisbane during Part 1 of the checklist.
The QBCC is continuing to work with building owners to identify combustible cladding and ensure Queenslanders are safe.
The Part 1 deadline elapsed on 29 March2019, with some buildings required to continue to Part 2.
Part 2 of the three-part Safer Buildings checklist will get us one step closer to peace of mind. With the expertise of building industry professionals, we will be able to narrow down further how many buildings in Queensland have potentially combustible cladding.