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Lodging annual reporting: the complete guide

QBCC contractor licensees are required to lodge annual financial reporting by 31 December 2019.

Annual reporting is now required as part of new laws in Queensland which are building a stronger, fairer construction industry.

If you’re still unsure what you have to do, read on to access our resources and read answers to some frequently asked questions.

Step 1: Figure out what financial category you are in.

When is notifiable work finished?

Notifiable work is a category of plumbing and drainage work which allows a plumber or drainer to perform the work without a local government permit or mandatory inspections. It includes most work performed in existing homes and limited work on commercial buildings.

When a plumber or drainer performs notifiable work, they must register the work (submit a Form 4, or if the work is being carried out on behalf of or for a public sector entity, a Form 4A) with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) within 10 business days from when the work is finished.

New licensing requirements for mechanical services

On 1 January 2020, the QBCC will introduce new licensing requirements for mechanical services work to better protect the health and safety of Queenslanders. The new licensing framework may apply to plumbers, refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians and medical gas workers.

Improperly installed and maintained heating and cooling systems can lead to dangerous bacteria growing and spreading through systems in facilities such as aged care, hospitals and shopping centres.

Metal roofing and illegal phoenixing Tradie Tours prove popular

Illegal phoenix activity is estimated to cost the Australian economy approximately $5 billion a year while metal roofing is consistently featured in the Top 10 defects investigated by the QBCC.

These two topics were the subject of the QBCC’s most recent Tradie Tours, a statewide event bringing subject matter experts to 11 locations to inform and educate licensees.

Illegal Phoenixing

The QBCC joined forces with the ATO and ASIC to present on the warning signs of illegal phoenix operators so that business owners can avoid working with unscrupulous individuals.

Annual reporting for contractor licensees due soon

Queensland has new laws that are building a stronger, fairer industry.

Annual reporting requirements have been introduced to ensure every building contractor in Queensland has a strong and financially sustainable business with an appropriate level of working capital.

These new laws require licensees who hold a contractor-grade licence to provide annual financial information. The reporting deadline is 31 December 2019.

About your privacy: anonymous complaints

The QBCC uses intelligence provided by complaints from the public and within industry to enforce compliance with building and construction legislation.

However, the QBCC understands that sometimes this information can only be forthcoming with the protection of a complainant’s anonymity.

If you want to make a complaint to the QBCC, but you are concerned about your privacy, there are options for you.

Navigating the adjudication process

Adjudication is a dispute resolution process to help resolve disagreements about progress payments and money owed. It’s a quick, cost-effective alternative to court.

The Building Industry Fairness Act (BIF) includes changes to adjudication that took place from 17 December 2018.

If you find you need to access adjudication, there are a few things you should know to ensure that you are informed about how the process works.

One of the things an adjudicator must decide is whether he or she has jurisdiction to adjudicate the application.