Contracts and payments
If you're carrying out domestic building work over $3,300, you'll need a contract.
You should carefully check the contract details and seek legal advice before signing, to ensure you are aware of your rights and obligations.
Before you sign a contract
Read our helpful guide Domestic Building Contracts – General information for owners and contractors (PDF). It contains general information about domestic building contracts and the relevant Queensland legislation.
- New Home Construction Contract (PDF) for the construction of an entire home
- Level 1 - Renovation, Extension and Repair Contract (PDF) for renovations, extensions and routine repairs on existing homes for contracts $3,301 to $19,999
- Level 2 - Renovation, Extension and Repair Contract (PDF) for renovations, extensions and routine repairs on existing homes for contracts $20,000 and over
- Natural Disaster Contract (PDF) - designed to help you organise repairs to a home, duplex or home unit after a natural disaster
- Consumer Building Guide (PDF)
- Demolition Contract (PDF)
- Small Building Works Contract (PDF)
Launch of updated Consumer Building Guide (CBG) for all domestic contracts priced at $20,000 or more
We have launched an updated version of the Consumer Building Guide, the consumer information document for homeowners about key building issues, and how best to avoid disputes and common pitfalls. The updated Guide, labelled ‘Version 2 – Effective from January 2020’, is now available free to download. Your contractor must give you a QBCC Consumer Building Guide before you sign a contract for any domestic building work priced at $20,000 or more (i.e. level 2 contracts). There will be a 12 month transition period during which contractors may still use the original, undated version of the CBG with their contracts. From 31 January 2021, however, Version 2 will be the only acceptable document.
The QBCC contracts are for domestic work only. They shouldn’t be used for commercial work, which includes for example, construction work carried out for a body corporate common property.
As a consequence of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) ("the Act") which comes into effect as of 1 July, 2018, QBCC has amended its domestic building contracts to better address a party's right to terminate the contract for reasons related to the insolvency of the other party to the contract. QBCC will not be providing commercial contracts and these have been removed from the website.
As the Act applies to all contracts entered after 1 July, 2018 QBCC is concerned to ensure any person entering a contract after that date uses the updated version of the Contract or a different contract to avoid certain existing clauses being deemed to be unenforceable by the Act. If you currently have a copy of the current version of the above QBCC contracts and will not enter the relevant contract prior to 1 July, 2018, please discard the current contract and obtain an updated version.
Consumers are reminded that the termination of any contract is a significant step which should not be taken without prior legal advice from an experienced lawyer