You need this notification if building and construction work is to be done in Queensland and the cost of the work is $150,000 or more (inclusive of GST).
Levies are calculated on the cost of building and construction work, which is:
- 0.475% of the total cost of the work - 0.475% is the combined rate for Work Health & Safety Levy, Construction Skills Queensland Training Fund Levy and QLeave Levy
- The levies are always payable together except for mining work (exemption explained on back of QLeave's Notification and payment form)
- The "cost" of building and construction work is the total of all costs that relate to the work directly and indirectly.
This includes, but is not limited to, the value of all labour and materials to be used (including materials supplied by the owner), plant, equipment, design and project management. If the contract price reflects the total of all direct and indirect costs, then the cost may be determined by the contract price (or if there is more than one contract, the sum of the contract prices).
The cost of feasibility studies and environmental impact statements should be included in the total cost of work and claimed as exemptions.
All goods, materials, supplies and services, whether sourced from within Queensland, interstate or overseas, to be used for work in Queensland, must be included in the total cost of building and construction work.
When levy is payable
Levy for building and construction work to be carried out by a person must be paid:
- Before either of the following is given
- a development permit under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 in relation to the work that authorizes building work, plumbing or drainage work or operational work as defined under the Act
- an approval under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 that authorizes plumbing or drainage work for which a development permit under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 is not required; or
- If a development permit or an approval mentioned in paragraph (a) is not given, before the work is started - for subsection (1), the authority may, on written application allow a later time for payment in a particular case.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
A person is not required to pay a levy for the notification of building and construction work
- if the work is to be done under an owner builder permit issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
- for a voluntary labour and donated materials component of the work to be done by, or for, a non profit organisation; or
- if the work, or part of the work, is to be done for a person who is not substantially engaged in the building and construction industry by the person or the person's workers for the work or part of the work; or
- if the work, or part of the work, is to be done for a local government, government entity or non Queensland government entity by its workers for the work of part of the work.
The person must prove the entitlement to an exemption to the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authoritys satisfaction. Application for exemptions must be made on the Notification and Payment Form..
Definition of terms
- Building and construction industry
1. The building and construction industry is the industry of constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing, renovating, altering, demolishing, relocating, maintaining or repairing any of the following:
spa pools and swimming pools
roads, railways, airfields or other works for the passage of anything
breakwaters, docks, jetties, piers or wharves
works for solid waste disposal
works for subdividing or developing land
works for the improvement or alteration of a harbour, river or watercourse for navigation purpose
works for the storage or supply of water or for flood mitigation
works for the irrigation of land
works for the conveyance, treatment or disposal of sewage or of the effluent from any premises
works for extracting, refining, processing or treating materials or for producing or extracting products and by products from materials
works for conveying products, by products or materials
works for the drainage of land
works for the storage of liquids, other than water, or gases
works for the generation, supply or transmission of electric power
works for telecommunication or transmission of radio or television
bridges, viaducts, aqueducts or tunnels
chimney stacks, cooling towers, drilling rigs, gas holders or silos
navigational lights, beacons or markers
pile driving works
sporting or recreational facilities
earthworks, other than for farming
fences other than fences on farms
structures, fixtures or other works not included above, but not including earthworks for farming or fences on farms.
The building and construction industry also includes land clearing and site preparation, other than for farming.
The building and construction industry also includes the industry of, whether on or off site
constructing a thing, other than ordinary stock for sale, in accordance with working drawings; or
deconstructing, reconstructing, renovating, altering, demolishing, relocating, maintaining or repairing a thing other than ordinary stock for sale, constructed in accordance with working drawings.
The building and construction industry does not include the industry of performing maintenance or repairs of a minor nature to anything mentioned in subsection 1 or 3 for a person not substantially engaged in activity mentioned in subsection 1, 2 or 3.
- Building and construction work
means any work performed in the building and construction industry.
- Government entity
a corporation incorporated under the Corporations Law, all the stock or shares in the capital of which is or are beneficially owned by the State; or
a State instrumentality, agency, authority or entity; or
a department of government; or
an entity declared by regulation to be a government entity.
- Non profit organisation
means an entity formed, or carried on, for a purpose other than pecuniary gain to its members.
- Owner builder permit
means a permit under Division 8 of Part 3 of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991. This permit is available from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
- Principal contractor
the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 defines the Principal Contractor as: (1) the principal contractor for construction is the person appointed by the owner of the workplace, where the construction work is to be performed, as the principal contractor for the construction work under section 184A; (2) If the owner does not appoint a principal contractor for the construction work, the owner is taken to be the principal contractor for the construction work.
The Notification and Payment remains current for the specified work at the specified address. Any changes to the project details must be notified to QLeave in writing.
You can obtain information on fees from the agency.
"Notification and Payment Forms" are available from any Queensland Australia Post Office or Agency. Completed forms can be lodged with your payment at: any Australia Post Office or at the QLeave address given in this Summary Sheet. Forms are available to be completed online at www.qleave.qld.gov.au.
Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (Queensland)
Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Regulation 2013 (Queensland)
The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service
(ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance
To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments
make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the
information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.
The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice,
nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained,
the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain
appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material
provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.
To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments,
their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including
without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information
which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences
of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon