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Financial Reporting Roadshows

Queensland has new laws designed to build a stronger, fairer construction industry. On 1 January 2019, the new Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) Regulation commenced, introducing the requirement for licensees with contractor-grade licences to provide financial information to the QBCC by 31 December 2019.

Although some licensees may have already lodged their required annual financial information, there may still be unanswered questions about financial reporting and MFR.

Top 10 defects and tech tips

QBCC inspectors work to promote a safer and fairer industry by ensuring that the work performed by licensees meets required industry standards. Based on the number of complaints received between October and December 2019, the top 10 defects reported were:

  1. Joinery
  2. Painting
  3. Floor tiling
  4. Roof cladding
  5. Drainage
  6. Internal wet areas waterproofing membranes
  7. Driveways and paths
  8. Lining wall internal
  9. Linings ceiling internal
  10. External waterproofing membranes

From the Commissioner - Edition 2

Welcome to the second edition of the quarterly newsletter Construction Connect which keeps you in the loop with important information about what’s happening in our industry.

There’s a lot of changes happening, especially with the Building Industry Fairness laws and we want you to keep informed about how it affects you as a QBCC licensee.

Service Trades Council’s Licensee Survey

The Service Trades Council has developed a survey for plumbing, drainage and fire protection licensees to find out more about your views on the industry.

The survey includes questions about the challenges you experience, your views on compliance issues impacting the industry and whether the Service Trades Council could be doing anything better.

The survey includes 15 questions and should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please note that the survey can only be completed once per person.

Qualifications for plumbing and drainage contractor licences

The qualification and experience requirements for licences under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991, including plumbing and drainage contractor licences, are set by the Department of Housing and Public Works Technical Qualifications for Licensing document as required by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2018. The Technical Qualifications for Licensing document is updated from time to time and is published on both the Department’s and the QBCC’s websites.

Notifiable work vs permit work: sanitary drainage and new connection points

Where there is a need to alter or extend an existing sanitary drain to connect to a new point when working on an existing class 1 or 10 building, there has been some confusion.

QBCC investigators often see the water authority install a new point of connection on a sewer main. This may be done for a number of reasons, such as to allow for a parcel of land to be sub-divided into two separate lots or to allow for a build over sewer application that requires a new connection point.

Financial Reporting Roadshows

Queensland has new laws designed to build a stronger, fairer construction industry. On 1 January 2019, the new Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) Regulation commenced, introducing the requirement for licensees with contractor-grade licences to provide financial information to the QBCC by 31 December 2019.

Although licensees may have already lodged their required annual financial information, there may still be unanswered questions about financial reporting.

 The QBCC will host a series of information sessions across multiple locations to cover: 

Mechanical services licencing framework has commenced

The new licensing framework has been introduced requiring a QBCC licence for mechanical services work.The new licensing framework is being implemented in stages. Plumbers, refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians, and those who work in the medical gas industry, will require a licence to perform mechanical services work, or contract for mechanical services work, regardless of the value.  

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