Industry Today

Note from the chair

This year has been another big year of change for the industries that the Service Trades Council represents. We have seen the implementation of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) and the establishment of Project Bank Accounts to make sure that sub-contractors get paid regularly and on time.

World Toilet day

World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19 November every year, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.  Established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, World Toilet Day was made an official UN day in 2013. UN-Water leads a taskforce of international agencies to campaign around a common theme. 

Safer Buildings program enters final stage

The QBCC is administering the three-part Safer Buildings program to understand the extent of combustible cladding use in Queensland’s private buildings.

The Safer Buildings program has advanced considerably with Part 3 of the combustible cladding checklist now underway.

During Part 1 and Part 2 of the Safer Buildings process, many thousands of buildings have been cleared, bringing peace of mind to tenants and other building occupants.

QBCC-funded examinations shed light on company collapse

The collapse of companies JM Kelly Group and Queensland One Homes have been examined in the Federal Court.

The public examinations were part-funded by the QBCC and the process allows liquidators to bring key personnel involved in a company that has collapsed before the courts for questioning under oath.

The collapse of the JM Kelly Group was a $50 million hit to the industry, with 230 Rockhampton locals left out of work.

New Assistant Commissioner begins work

Award-winning builder and company director Yvonne Pengilly has joined the QBCC in the new position of Assistant Commissioner – Technical to tackle non-conforming building products, defective work and more.

Ms Pengilly brings a lifetime’s experience and expertise in building and construction and has had an extensive career in the industry from subcontract brick and blockwork to a company director overseeing high end resort and multi-storey apartment developments.

From the Commissioner

Welcome to Construction Connect: a new way for us to keep you in the loop with important information about what’s happening in our industry.

At the QBCC, we know there are a lot of changes happening and we want you to be able to easily stay up-to-date with what that means for you as a QBCC licensee.

This newsletter will land in your inbox every quarter with a selection of news relating to building and construction law reforms, stories that are making headlines, QBCC events coming up near you and other information about the sector you might enjoy.

New licensing laws for mechanical services work including air conditioning and medical gas

New licensing requirements for mechanical services work have been introduced to better protect the health and safety of Queenslanders.  Those impacted may include plumbers, refrigeration and air conditioning technicians and medical gas workers.

Improperly installed and maintained heating and cooling systems can lead to dangerous bacteria growing and spreading through systems in facilities such as aged care, hospitals and shopping centres.

Operation Safeguard uncovers non-compliance

Operation Safeguard, a multi-agency blitz on Gold Coast construction sites, uncovered various non-compliance issues over two days in June. 

The QBCC’s Plumbing Investigators discovered unsupervised and unlicensed work and non-compliant plumbing work involving the installation of temporary buildings.

On work sites, these structures are commonly used as site sheds and may include temporary kitchens and bathrooms.

STC forum heads to Toowoomba

The Service Trades Council holds free industry forums throughout Queensland each year. 

These forums provide an opportunity for the Council to meet with 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.

The next STC Forum is to be held in Toowoomba on 21 November. 

To register for the event, click here.