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Roof flashings

Inadequate construction of roof flashing is a major cause of leaking roofs. It remains in the top ten defects identified by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) building inspectors.

The QBCC considers flashing and accessories defective if they leak under weather conditions anticipated by the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

The rectification costs of the defect and resultant damage can be significant for contractors and consumers.

Nominee requirements

The QBCC’s role is to assure proper standards are maintained in the building industry. One area of concern is companies using high-risk employment arrangements to carry out building work. Without a suitably employed nominee supervisor, there is an unreasonable risk of defective and unsafe work.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) provides that a licensee must ensure building work is personally supervised. Personal supervision can be undertaken by:

Overflow relief gullies

An overflow relief gully (ORG) is an essential element of the drainage system and unless there is an exemption, at least one shall be installed in a drain. It is intended to provide relief in the event of sewage surcharge, which is particularly important for the protection of property. There are specific requirements for an ORG and these are set out in the standard for sanitary plumbing and drainage, AS/NZS 3500 Part 2.

An ORG is to be located:

Mechanical Services air-conditioning and refrigeration employees to hold occupational licence

 Employees who perform mechanical services – air-conditioning and refrigeration work for a licensed contractor must hold the relevant occupational licence by 1 January 2022.

Contractors who hold a mechanical services licence and have employees who perform mechanical services work are encouraged to discuss licensing requirements with them.

Notifiable work – Cashless payments

COVID-19 has changed the way everyone does business. To look after your health and our staff, we are making some changes to our accepted payment methods.

From 28 September 2020, the QBCC will no longer accept cash, cheques or money orders. By limiting the handling of cash, cheques and money orders, we can help protect you, our staff and the community.

You can register notifiable work (Form 4/4A) electronically by using myQBCC. If you have a myQBCC account, you can log in and navigate to the ‘My Licences’ or ‘My Work’ tabs to start the form.