The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is undertaking the technical and assessment audits to ensure compliance across the industry.
QBCC Commissioner Anissa Levy says officers are currently undertaking audits in a number of Queensland regions to check the work of certifiers.
“Certifiers have an incredibly important role in the building and construction industry, and attention-to-detail to compliance is imperative,” Ms Levy says.
“We know the vast majority of certifiers do the right thing and Queenslanders can feel confident that their homes are being built by people with the appropriate skills and qualifications.
“Licensed building certifiers assess building applications, decide whether to issue building approvals and inspect and certify building works.
“The certifier ensures the building works comply with the building assessment provisions, the Building Act and the approval.”
Commissioner Levy says an important part of the role of the QBCC is to carry out audits like this in a bid to uncover potential substandard behaviour within the building and construction industry.
“Certifiers inspect building projects during construction and after the building process to ensure that they have been built in accordance with Queensland legislation.
“QBCC officers are focusing on issues such as certifiers granting a building development approval before all necessary permits and documents are in place.”
The QBCC received 222 complaints about certifiers in the 2021-2022 financial year and finalised 217 complaints.
Audits will be undertaken in regional Queensland throughout October and November in Beaudesert, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Townsville.
The total number of QBCC-licensed private certifiers as at 30 September 2022 was 425.
Anyone with concerns about a QBCC licensee should contact the QBCC on 139 333.