New Home Construction Contract

If you’re building a single house or duplex, we recommend using the QBCC New Home Construction Contract.

Contractors  must give homeowners a copy of a Commencement Notice (included in all QBCC Level 2 contract packs) within 10 business days of work starting on site. The notice advises  the date work commenced and the date for practical completion. Contractors must also give the owner a copy of the signed and dated contract with plans, specifications, and a QBCC-approved Consumer Building Guide  within 5 business days of entering the contract.

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.

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As a consequence of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) ("the Act") which came into effect as of 1 July, 2018, QBCC has amended all of its domestic building contracts, being the New Home Construction Contract,  the Level 1 & Level 2 Renovation, Extension & Repair Contracts and the Natural Disaster Repairs Contract 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 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, to avoid certain existing clauses being deemed to be unenforceable by the Act. If you have a copy of a QBCC or other domestic 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.