A judgment debt is an amount accepted by a court as being owed by a QBCC licensee to another person under a contract for the supply of goods or services relating to building work.
If you are applying for a licence or have an existing one, you can't have an unpaid or unsatisfied judgment debt as you will not meet the financial requirement. We penalise a person or company 10 demerit points for each judgment debt owed that is not paid on time.
Notify QBCC of judgment debts
If you take legal action against a QBCC licensee and a judgment is given in your favour it is important to tell us for our records. Find out how to notify us of monies owed and include a copy of the judgment certificate.
Public records and judgment debts
Demerit points for judgment debts are publicly recorded on our online licence search as a warning to subcontractors, suppliers and consumers that the licensee has not paid a judgment debt.
We remove demerit points for unsatisfied judgment debts once the debt is paid.
Prosecutions and injunctions
Despite repeated warnings and fines being issued, we sometimes need to take further action to deter repeat offenders.
We may, under Part 9B of the QBCC Act, apply to the Supreme Court for an injunction to restrain conduct that contravenes the QBCC Act.
A person who fails to comply with the terms of an injunction may face criminal or civil penalties, which may include a community service order or even imprisonment.
Contractors and home owners are cautioned against engaging these with these individuals.