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Use adjudication to get help getting paid

Tradesman on a building site

We now have a new step-by-step guide on how to recover progress payments under $750,000 (excluding GST), by using the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA).

The BCIPA Guide is a useful online tool explaining how to use adjudication to help you get paid.

The guide also features a business-day calculator to help you determine when to send notices, as well as useful links to the documents you may need during the process.

Go to the QBCC BCIPA Guide.


Beneath the surface of concrete swimming pools

Concrete pool

The biggest problem that seems to occur with concrete swimming pools is the de-bonding of the plaster lining from the pool shell.

The reason for this defect is usually due to defective construction, including inadequate application of the pool lining.

The Australian Standard governing concrete swimming pools is AS 2783-1992: Use of reinforced concrete for small swimming pools. It sets out the basic requirements for the design and construction of a pool, and is worth a read if you’re in the construction business.


The trouble with waterproofing

Image of waterproofing on a verandah

Waterproofing is one of the most common building defects reported by property owners.

Defective water proofing can cause a great deal of damage to property, and is often caused by poor installation practices.

In Queensland, if the value of the waterproofing work is over $3,300, it must be undertaken by a licensed individual. This work requires proper training and knowledge of how to apply waterproofing according to the Australian Standard.


Who is responsible for submitting a NW Form 4?

When it comes down to who has responsibility for lodging a Form 4 – Notifiable work, it may be worth remembering that the fully licensed plumber and/or fully licensed drainer is considered the ‘responsible person’ for the work that is being carried out under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.  

While there are many provisional plumbers and drainers who have submitted a Form 4 on the Plumbing Application Service (PAS), we prefer that forms are lodged by fully licensed plumbers and/or drainers.


Plumbing apprentices must be ready to get licensed

Plumber doing plumbing work

Doing an apprenticeship is hard work and the reward at the end of it is a provisional plumbing and drainage licence.

Plumbing and drainage apprentices must be ready to apply for their QBCC provisional plumbing and drainage licence as soon as they have a Certificate III in hand.

Given apprentices already have knowledge and working experience, a licence may just seem like a piece of paper but it's against the law to do even an hour of plumbing and drainage work without a licence.