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What is maximum revenue?

Maximum revenue is the maximum turnover your business can earn in a financial year.

The QBCC limits your permitted annual maximum revenue based on your financial situation. This is to ensure you can continually pay wages, pay suppliers, pay sub-contractors, service debts and cover any other costs you may incur during the operations of your business.

Alternatively, you may nominate a lower amount of maximum revenue than that which is determined by the QBCC.

Once declared, you are not allowed to increase your maximum revenue by more than 10% in a financial year without obtaining prior approval from the QBCC.

If you want to increase your turnover by more than 10%, you must first provide us with a new financial declaration or MFR report (depending on your MR category) that shows you have enough equity to support the increase.

    Calculating your allowable maximum revenue

    Maximum revenue for a licensee is calculated using:

    • their net tangible assets (total assets minus total liabilities), and
    • any other assets promised by a third party (through a deed of covenant) that can be drawn upon to help cover operational costs of the business.

    What income counts as annual revenue?

    The annual revenue for the reporting year includes the total income a licensee receives. This includes income from:

    • the building and construction industry
    • any other source
    • from within Queensland, interstate and overseas
    • BUT EXCLUDES any personal wages and salary a licensee receives.

    In the case of a partnership, the revenue is to be a combination of the revenue of:

    • the licensee and
    • the partnership in combination.  

    In the case of a trustee, the revenue is to be a combination of the revenue of:

    • the trustee and
    • the trust.

    Case study—revenue from project managing

    Richard is a project manager for a commercial builder. He is currently managing a $10 million project to build a new supermarket. When stating his revenue, he will include the amounts paid to him directly from the project, not the value of the project.

    Case study—revenue from buying and selling houses

    Suzanne is a builder. Over the past year, she built and sold 2 speculative dwellings. She also renovated two houses. She lived in one of these houses for 6 months and then sold both of them. She is currently living in and renovating another property. Suzanne will include the proceeds from the sale of the four houses she built/renovated and sold in her revenue for the financial year.

    Calculate your maximum revenue

    How much revenue can you earn based on your current NTA?

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    Calculate your required NTA

    What value of NTA do you need to cover your known revenue?

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    Financial categories (MR)

    Your calculated maximum revenue will place you into 1 of 9 financial categories. These categories are used to determine your reporting obligations to the QBCC. 

    NTA Maximum revenue Financial category
    $12,000 Up to $200,000 SC1
    $46,000 Up to $800,000 SC2
    $46,001 - $156,000 $800,001 - $3,000,000 Category 1
    $156,001 - $480,000 $3,000,001 - $12,000,000 Category 2
    $480,001 - $1,200,000 $12,000,001 - $30,000,000 Category 3
    $1,200,001 - $2,400,000 $30,000,001 - $60,000,000 Category 4
    $2,400,001 - $4,800,000 $60,000,001 - $120,000,000 Category 5
    $4,800,001 - 14,400,000 $120,000,001 - $240,000,000 Category 6
    >$14.4M >$240M NTA

    Category 7

    How to adjust your maximum revenue

    You can exceed your MR by up to 10% without obtaining prior approval from us.

    If you are going to exceed your MR by more than 10%, you must first provide us with a new financial declaration or MFR report that supports the increase.

    If your financial position changes you may need to adjust to a lower maximum revenue category.  

    Below outlines the process for adjusting your maximum revenue based on your financial category.

    1. Firstly you must declare your new financial position.

      Download and complete the relevant declaration:

      MFR declaration for SC1 (PDF, 59KB)

      MFR declaration for SC2 (PDF, 59KB)

    2. Then you must apply to us to have your allowable maximum revenue adjusted.

      Download and complete the application form:

      Change to maximum revenue application form (PDF, 63KB)

    3. You will need to provide us with the completed:

      • MR application form 
      • MFR declaration.

      You can lodge it with us:

    1. You will need to provide us with an MFR report that demonstrates you can meet the minimum financial requirements for the proposed maximum revenue.

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    2. Then you must apply to us to have your allowable maximum revenue adjusted.

      Download and complete the application form:

      Change to maximum revenue application form (PDF, 63KB)

    3. You will need to provide us with the completed:

      • MR application form 
      • MFR report
      • supporting financial information.

      You can lodge it with us:

    What happens next?

    Please allow for up to 8 weeks for us to assess your application and financial information.

    We will inform you by email if you application has been successful.


    Last reviewed: 18 Oct 2021 Last published: 18 Oct 2021
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