The Queensland Building Services Authority Amendment Act 2013
(Act) took effect on 29 August 2013.
The objectives of the legislation are to:
replace the Queensland Building Services Authority with a new
Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC);
establish a governing board, who will report to the Minister
for Housing and Public Works; and
provide for the appointment of a commissioner to replace the
existing general manager.
While the QBCC board will perform largely the same functions as
the current Queensland Building Services Authority board, there
will be some key differences. Notably, the QBCC board will have
sole responsibility for setting the strategic direction and the
operational, financial and administrative policies of the QBCC,
whereas under the current QBSA structure, this responsibility is
exercised in conjunction with the general manager.
It is expected that the QBCC and the board will be established
The Act implements the first two points in the government's
10 point action plan to overhaul building regulation in Queensland.
Following its establishment, in accordance with the remaining
points identified in the plan, the QBCC will seek to:
establish an internal review unit;
develop an improved suite of domestic building contracts;
undertake a review of the licensing and compliance system and
implement a regulated penalty system for illegal and defective
develop education and training processes for home owners and
develop and implement a rapid domestic adjudication model to
fast track domestic building disputes in conjunction with the
current review of the Building and Construction Industry Payments
Act 2004 (Qld);
retain the current Queensland Home Warranty Scheme and consider
an extension of the level of coverage;
review the role of private certifiers to clearly define their
roles and responsibilities and to enforce an appropriate penalty
regime for failure to perform; and
expand the licensing role of the QBCC, including a proposed
transfer of all currently registered building trade contractors to
the new commission.
The establishment of the QBCC signals an important change to the
structure of the building industry's regulatory framework.
While the Act does not give rise to any immediate regulatory or
compliance changes that building industry participants need to be
aware of, the Government has flagged that a number of significant
changes may occur following the establishment of the QBCC board.
Organisations in the building industry are urged to keep track of
those changes to ensure future compliance with building laws and
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