The Act establishes a licensing system for contractors in the building industry and provides grounds for disciplinary action for any failure to meet prescribed standards of conduct and work.
The Act provides for quick and inexpensive resolution of building disputes through the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) whose procedures allow parties in dispute to appear without the need for legal representation.
The Act also establishes a Statutory Insurance Scheme to assist consumers with the rectification and/or completion of residential construction work. The Act further provides for an advisory service providing information to contractors and consumers on their rights and obligations under the Act as well as general education and advice on developments in the industry.
The Act empowers the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to carry out any function authorised by other legislation. QBCC is responsible for the accreditation of building certifiers under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the Building Act 1975.
- to regulate the building industry
- to ensure the maintenance of proper standards in the industry; and
- to achieve a reasonable balance between the interests of building contractors and consumers; and
- to provide remedies for defective building work; and
- to provide support, education and advice for those who undertake building work and consumers.
A QBCC site supervisor licence is available. An employee or officer (of a licensed contractor) is required to hold a Site supervisor licence where they are personally supervising building work carried out under their employer's licence.
Fire occupational licensing is mandatory for all practitioners carrying out or supervising Fire Protection work in Queensland.