New laws

QBCC Licensee information and other changes

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

Reforms to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 included in BIFOLA are designed to improve standards and integrity in the industry and include: 

  • changes for excluded individuals – to prevent excluded individual from holding a site supervisor licence and allows the QBCC to publish details about excluded and permanently excluded individuals who are not licensees
  • reporting information about interstate and New Zealand licences – licence applicants will need to tell QBCC about other interstate and/or NZ licenses they hold, and all licensees must immediately (within 14 days) notify QBCC of any licence events such as new licences given and/or licences cancelled or suspended in other jurisdictions. The QBCC will also be able to share information with other licensing authorities in Australia and New Zealand
  • changes to Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) - QBCC can exclude accountants who provide information that doesn’t comply with the MFR or who provide false or misleading information about a licensee’s MFR to the QBCC – these persons will be excluded for 3 years, and listed on the QBCC’s website (new register). It will also be an offence to provide false or misleading information to a person, such as an accountant, about a licensee’s compliance with the MFR
  • more time to start a prosecution – gives the QBCC more time for investigation in complex cases under the QBCC Act
  • new penalties – for delaying or obstructing the rectification of building work.

When do these changes commence?

The new laws will commence from 1 October 2020.

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