What Effect Will State Legislative Changes Have on the Building Industry in Queensland and NSW?

The Queensland building and construction industry has experienced many changes lately following amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991. The majority of these changes, which are part of the state government’s Ten Point Action Plan for the industry, were introduced in December 2014 and January 2015. Owners and occupiers of land next to building sites may now seek compensation from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) following damages to their land or properties. Depending on the circumstances, the builder may be required to remedy the damage. Consumers will also have longer to notify the QBCC of defective construction works.

What are the Changes in New South Wales?

New South Wales’ changes bring the state in line with Victoria, Tasmania, and Western Australia. Under new legislation, builders face 12-month prison sentences for repeatedly performing unlicensed construction work. New laws will also target “phoenix companies” which resurface after bankruptcy. General construction work costing less than $5,000 can now be performed without a license, although all specialist work, such as electrical or plumbing, requires licensure.

What Will Their Impact Be?

These changes will make commercial builders more accountable for their actions. Consumers will enjoy greater protection following defective works, and the wider public will have greater protection if builders are not careful with land and property outside their job sites. They can also trust that all specialists and general contractors performing major works will have appropriate licensure. As a member of Master Builders, TPM Builders is regularly informed of any changes in laws, codes, and regulations, so you can trust that all TPM Builders’ commercial business construction will satisfy any changes in state or federal legislation. Contact 1300 733 891 to discover how TPM Builders can create the best commercial premises to suit your business needs. Image via Flickr by Ursula Skjonnemand