Contracts

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.

QBCC contracts

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 3 – Effective from December  2020’, is now available free to download from the QBCC website. 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 is a  transition period during which contractors may still use the original, undated version of the CBG or Version 2 dated January 2020 with their contracts. From 1 February 2022 , however, Version 3 will be the only acceptable document.      

Commercial work

The QBCC contracts are for domestic work only. They shouldn’t be used for commercial work, which includes for example, construction work on common property carried out for a body corporate. 

Warning

As a consequence of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) ("the Act") which came  into effect on 1 July, 2018, QBCC has amended its 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.  

As the Act applies to all domestic and commercial building contracts entered after 1 July, 2018, QBCC is concerned to ensure any person entering a contract after that date uses an updated version of the contract, or a different contract, to avoid certain existing clauses being deemed to be unenforceable by the Act. If you  have a copy of a QBCC or other building contract dated prior to 1 July, 2018, you should discard that contract and replace it with a more recent version which reflects the changes introduced by the legislation mentioned above.

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.