Queensland's new building industry watchdog to start work next month

Queensland’s new building industry watchdog “represents the start of the most significant reform in the way the industry is regulated in more than 20 years,’’ according to Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander. 

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) will begin work next month. Its job is to implement the government’s 10 point action plan to overhaul building regulations and drive growth and development in the industry, one of the largest employers in the state.

It will replace the previous Building Services Authority.

“The construction industry is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy that we promised Queenslanders we would grow,” Mander said.

“This is why we need to have the best building regulator in the country.

“We have appointed people of the highest calibre to the board, people who come with extensive experience in the legal, financial and insurance sectors, as well as the building and construction industry.

“Board members have been selected on their previous and current board experience, as well as their business skills and proven ability to drive reform.

“The QBCC will be responsible for licensing, dispute resolution and the Home Warranty Scheme, as well as taking disciplinary action against contractors for defective work.’’

staylor@propertyobserver.com.au 

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