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Changes affecting cost-plus contracts

Builder reading contract

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.

Women in Plumbing Breakfast

Women in plumbing breakfast

Today female plumbing licensees rubbed shoulders with the Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation, the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, and the QBCC Acting Commissioner, Kellie Lowe, at the inaugural Women in Plumbing Breakfast.

This event was held in order to recognise the contribution of women to the plumbing industry in Queensland.

Plumbing, like many trades, has been a male-dominated industry for many years, although the past few years have seen an increase in the number of women getting licensed.

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Contract variations must be in writing

Builder and home owner with contract

It is essential that you, as a contractor, properly document all variations.

Correct documentation of variations will help ensure you are paid for the work that you are being asked to do.

It will also help you avoid possible compliance action and costly disputes if there is any disagreement arising from changes to the work you have been contracted to carry out.

The variation documentation must:

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Make sure your building contract complies with the law

Builder with contract

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.

Site managers must hold the correct licence

Site manager on site

A licensed building company and its nominee must make sure that building work carried out by the company is personally supervised by the company’s nominee or an employee who holds a licence of the relevant class that authorises supervision of the building work. 

The maximum penalty for a company failing to meet this requirement is $117,800. 

If the building site is under the control of an appropriately licensed person, other employees in a supporting supervisory role are not required to be licensed unless they are engaged as contractors.

Pool fences must measure up by 30 November

This week the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Leeanne Enoch, launched a pool safety campaign urging pool owners to ensure their pool fences comply with state laws by 30 November.

With drowning being one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for chidren under five, it is important that Queenslanders do everything possible to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

Compliant pool fencing, along with active supervision and learning to swim, can save lives.

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Pool Safety Seminar makes a splash

Pool safety inspectors (PSIs) and local government officers from across Queensland converged in Brisbane earlier this month to discuss their important roles in pool safety inspection and compliance.

CEO of Hannah’s Foundation and licensed PSI, Andrew Plint, delivered a powerful presentation about why pool safety matters in reducing immersion incidents for young childen under five years of age.

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