Changes for building certifiers

The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) and other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (BIFOLA) introduced a number of reforms as part of the Queensland Building Plan.

Reforms to the Building Act 1975 are aimed at improving consumer confidence and strengthening the certification and inspection process by:

  • clarifying the duty of certifiers – is to act in the public interest
  • enhancing owners’ rights – to require additional non-mandatory building inspections and inspection documentation
  • introducing a demerit system – introduced for certifiers in line with other building and construction industry licensees
  • improving professional standards – by requiring accreditation standards bodies to have their professional development schemes regularly reviewed
  • providing alternative licensing pathways – for building certifiers to access (commencement date still to be determined by the Queensland Government).

When do reforms become effective?

The majority of the amendments to the Building Act commenced on 1 October 2020. However, the amendment to establish a new alternative licensing pathway for building certifiers will commence at a later date to be determined by the Government.

The QBCC will continually update information available on our website in line with these changes.

For more information

You can watch our Changes for certifiers webinar, read the webinar transcript, download the PowerPoint slides used in the webinar or take a look at the full list of audience questions.

Further information about the new reforms can be found on the Queensland Government’s website.

For specific questions relating to these reforms please contact the Department of Housing and Public Works at