Industry Today

Upcoming MPAQ PIPEs

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As plumbers, many of you work outside by yourselves and rarely get the chance to have a yarn to other plumbers about issues that affect you in your day-to-day work.

PIPEs (Plumbing Industry Panel and Expos) are a free event held by Master Plumbers Association Queensland (MPAQ) for those of you working in the industry, where you can do just that.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been working longer than you care to remember,  PIPEs are a chance to meet up and keep up to date with important industry information.

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Public Housing Development Opportunities

The Department of Housing and Public Works is seeking registrations of interest (ROI) from QBCC licensed builders who can source land for residential apartment complexes of between four and twenty units in size and then build the apartments to the specification and design provided by the department. The department will buy the land from successful applicants and then make progress payments throughout construction.

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Research recommendations for cyclone-proof housing

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James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) has partnered with Suncorp Insurance to help create greater cyclone resilience in north Queensland.

The recent report, Build to Last, shows that a retrofit program would provide greater protection against cyclones for north Queensland homes, and deliver a range of social and economic benefits.

The study found that older homes have suffered significant structural damage compared to housing built in accordance with today’s wind load standards.

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QBCC issues a tender for an annotated BCIPA service

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The QBCC has issued a tender for the provision of an annotated service on the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Act).

The appointed provider will be required to prepare and provide an annotated service on the Act for distribution by the Adjudication Registry to adjudicators registered under the Act.

The QBCC has the following expectations:

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QBCC goes to tender for adjudication qualification course provider

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The QBCC has issued a tender for an adjudication qualification course provider.

The appointed provider will be required to prepare and deliver a new adjudication qualification course for individuals who wish to apply for registration as adjudicators, under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (Act).

Dispute resolution service fills a gap for the industry

Over the last 12 months, we have had 1097 dispute cases lodged by builders and home owners.

The early dispute resolution service, which was introduced on 1 July, 2014, has filled a gap in support services for builders and home owners who had issues during the construction process.

Prior to the introduction of this service, there was no assistance offered to builders and home owners in dispute until after the contract had been terminated or completed. This was simply too late to achieve a good outcome for both parties.

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