On 1 December 2013 the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA), Queensland’s governing body for the Building and Construction Industry, was replaced by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). There is plenty of information floating around in press releases and internet forums discussing these changes. Most of it makes perfect sense – to anyone holding a law degree. The question is, should you care? What will these changes really mean on a day-to-day basis for contractors holding building and construction licenses in Queensland?
The restructuring of the building industry regulations in Queensland will be rolled out in the form of a ten-step action plan which will be completed by the end of 2014:
For the majority of BSA license holders, it’s business as usual under the QBCC. Your current BSA license card is still valid and your license number will remain the same. Annual License fees are still payable, and all other requirements placed on license holders are still in force.
One change to note is the tweaking of section 42 of the Queensland Building Services Authority Act, which had gradually expanded over the years and created a barrier to doing business efficiently. Under the old Section 42, landlords and property developers needed to hold a BSA license to contract for commercial work even when all the work was being carried out by licensed subcontractors. The section has been modified to remove this requirement in cases where all relevant work is carried out by licensed sub-contractors.
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