When the licensing functions for plumbing and drainage licensees were transferred to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), administrative arrangements were introduced to ensure that plumbers and drainers were issued the appropriate licence for the building work they were performing.
If you hold a licence with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) you must include your licence number in all of your advertising, including on social media. Penalties may apply under the QBCC Act for failing to do so.
Worse still, if you’re unlicensed and claim to offer building or plumbing work which requires a licence, you could face tough penalties.
In February 2020, the Service Trades Council published a survey to gather important industry information from licensees. More than 550 responses were received, providing valuable feedback on important topics. Licensees also expressed how the Council could better meet their needs.
The Council will be working with the QBCC to ensure that the requested topics are covered in upcoming newsletters and social media. Some of the topics that we will be bringing you in the next 12 months include:
The Queensland Government is currently implementing reforms to make the building and construction industry fairer by introducing changes to project bank accounts, progress payments, subcontractors’ charges, adjudication and Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR).
The government is also asking for industry feedback in order to evaluate and review the reforms. The Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel has been established for this purpose.
It’s now easier to get paid for construction work or related goods and services in Queensland. From 17 December 2018 elements of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) and amendments to the QBCC Act commence.
What does this mean for you?
The BIF Act introduces changes to progress payments, adjudication and subcontractors charges. There are new requirements for payment claims (your regular invoices, progress payments or requests for payment) and payment schedules. This means that:
The new Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) Regulation will commence on 1 January 2019. The Regulation will operate alongside the current MFR policy, which was introduced in October 2014. These will support the security of payment initiatives within the building and construction industry.
Under the new laws, QBCC licensees who hold a contractor grade licence will be required to meet annual financial reporting obligations.
What do you need to do today?
If you are a licensee within financial categories self-certifying 1 (SC1) to Category 3:
From 17 December 2018, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) can help you get paid for the work you do. The BIF Act replaces the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA) and Subcontractor’s Charges Act 1975.
Please note: any payment claim served before 17 December 2018 will follow BCIPA for the recovery of payments.