Compliance

Compliance activities in Toowoomba and Goondiwindi

Compliance site visit.

In March and April, QBCC plumbing investigators joined forces with officers from the QBCC’s Toowoomba Service Centre to conduct compliance audits in Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and surrounding areas.

In Toowoomba, they conducted licence inspections and fire audits at 29 sites and found 52 people carrying out plumbing and drainage work.

One licensee received a warning for directing a fourth year apprentice to carry out plumbing work without direct supervision, which is an offence under Section 120 of the Plumbing and Drainage Act.

Licence lending is not allowed

QBCC licence cards

The QBCC would like to remind licensees to not engage in licence lending or licence borrowing.

Licence lending can include:

  • providing another person with your licence details so they can undertake or contract for work; or
  • engaging a person who is not an employee of your company to act as a nominee supervisor for your company.

Licence borrowing is where an unlicensed person, or a person who holds a licence for a different type of work, pretends to hold a licence for work.

Compliance is the only language that matters

QBCC office

A Brisbane plastering company was recently convicted and fined $40,000 for hiring a number of unlicensed workers to perform plastering work valued over $2.5 million.

In Queensland, plastering work is defined as building work that requires a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence.

QBCC compliance officers attended the Brisbane building site, interviewed the site manager and obtained evidence showing a contractual arrangement between the builder and the offender.