Reviving and growing a strong and sustainable construction
industry is one of the Newman Government's "four
pillars" in a policy intended to reinvigorate the Queensland
As part of the policy, the Government has recently published a
'Ten Point Action Plan' which overhauls the state's
building industry regulator, the Queensland Building Services
The key question to be answered is whether the plan will achieve
its objective of reviving the construction industry.
The plan will have different implications for the various parts
of the industry. This article series will focus on the commercial
construction industry, and will look at what the plan aims to
address, what the plan proposes, and whether its implementation
will achieve its aims and the overall objective.
On 2 August 2012 the Newman Government directed the Transport,
Housing and Local Government Committee to inquire and report back
to Government on the operation and performance of the QBSA.
On 30 November 2012 the Committee tabled 41 recommendations to
the Government after having consulted widely with the public and
On 29 May 2013 the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mr Tim
Mander, released the Government's response to the
committee's recommendations in the form of a 'Ten Point
Ten-Point Action Plan – A summary
Replace the QBSA with the Queensland Building and Construction
Establish the QBCC structure: appoint a professional governing
board, with appropriate advisory sub-committees, a commissioner as
chief executive, and functional business units headed by respective
Establish an internal review unit with the objective of
reducing the number of applications for review (of QBSA decisions)
made to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Develop an improved suite of domestic building contracts to
better balance the equity between consumers and builders.
Review the current licensing and compliance system to better
manage licensees and enforcement.
Improve the education and training available for home owners
Consider a rapid domestic adjudication model, similar to that
for commercial disputes pursuant to the Building and
Construction Industry Payments Act 2004, to fast track and
resolve disputes between consumers and builders.
Review the role of private certifiers with an emphasis on
probity, conflicts of interest, quality and an appropriate penalty
regime for failure to perform.
Undertake a review of the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme to
provide greater definition and clarity to consumers.
Consider expanding the licensing role of the QBCC to include
all licensed tradespersons, registration of plumbers and drainers,
pool safety inspectors, and related building industry
A copy of the Government's response and the 'Ten Point
Action Plan' is available
The 'Ten Point Action Plan' will be implemented in
The first two actions are set to be completed before the end of
2013 with the following eight actions to be implemented within 12
months after the appointment of the governing board.
A series of articles will be published over the coming weeks
which will analyse the impact of the plan for commercial
The second article in our series analyses a central plank of the
plan - the replacement of the QBSA with a new entity called the
Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Is it simply a
change in name or is there true reform in its creation? Click
here to view.
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