Site supervisors take note – from 19 December
2008 it will be mandatory to hold a BSA Site Supervisor
The Queensland Building Services Authority introduced the Site
Supervisor Licence in December 2007. This law was introduced to
address a perceived lack of supervision on building sites and
requires all supervisors to hold an appropriate licence.
In recognition of the fact that many supervisors in the industry
were unlicensed, the BSA introduced a 12 month transitional period
upon which supervisors may become licensed without the need to
obtain a formal qualification. The transitional period caters for
those unlicensed supervisors who have the knowledge and experience
to make good supervisors, but lacked the full technical
qualifications required for the licence class for which they are
supervising building work. The transitional period expires on 19
Before 19 December 2008
To obtain a licence during the transitional period, supervisors
merely need a declaration from their employer that they are an
experienced site supervisor, despite lacking the full technical
qualifications. More specifically, the employer must declare
the supervisor has carried out building work as an officer or
employee of the contractor for at least 12 months;
the contractor has had an opportunity to assess the skills of
the supervisor during that period; and
the contractor is satisfied that the supervisor has the skills
to carry out the duties of a site supervisor for the class of
licence applied for.
A licence obtained during the transitional period can only be
granted in the same class as the employer.
After 19 December 2008
To obtain a licence after the transitional period expires, all
site supervisors must hold the relevant technical qualifications
for that licence class.
To prevent the paperwork and headache of a lengthy licence
application, have your site supervisors take advantage of this
transitional period and obtain their site supervisor licence
In most cases, this licence class will be relevant to project
managers, foremen and other key on-site personnel during a
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