Thu 30 May 2013
After numerous advocacy activities including submissions to the KPMG review and the parliamentary inquiry, and direct communication with the Minister CCF QLD is pleased to announce the following regarding QBSA licencing.
On 29 May 2013, the Housing and Public Works Minister, Tim Mander released a 10-point action plan to reform building regulation in response to 41 recommendations handed down by last year’s Parliamentary Inquiry. A number of the recommendations will be of interest to CCF QLD members including: the establishment of a new commission that will take on the role of the Queensland Building Services Authority and a review of licencing requirements.
During a briefing on the Government’s response to the Committee’s recommendations, Minister Mander commented on Item 5 (the review of licencing requirements) stating that they have feedback from civil contractors asserting that it is not appropriate that civil contractors have a to have a QBSA licence when they complete a civil project, such as the construction of a road and need to build a small shed or something similar as part of that project. Minister Mander went on to say that it would not be a requirement for those contractors to have a licence but that a licenced builder is able to do that component of the work.
While the complete review of licencing and compliance has not taken place, this is a positive step and reflects that CCF QLD’s message has been received and is being considered by Government.
Note: these changes have not taken place and current QBSA licencing requirements are still in force.