The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is a governing body in the construction industry in Queensland, Australia. As part of its role, the QBCC sets financial requirements for construction companies operating in the state. In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the financial and reporting obligations of construction companies and tradies under the QBCC.
What are the responsibilities of the QBCC?
Some of the main responsibilities of the QBCC include:
- Licensing and registration: The QBCC is responsible for issuing licenses to building practitioners and ensuring that they meet the required standards of competency and professionalism.
- Disputes: The governing body provides dispute resolution services for building and construction disputes, including mediation, arbitration, and determination.
- Consumer protection: The organisation is responsible for protecting the rights of consumers in the building and construction industry. This includes ensuring that building practitioners comply with consumer protection laws and aiding consumers in resolving disputes.
- Building and construction standards: They set and enforce standards for building and construction work in Queensland, including building codes and standards for building products.
- Compliance: The QBCC is responsible for ensuring that building practitioners comply with relevant laws and regulations, and for taking enforcement action when necessary.
- Industry education and training: The body provides education and training opportunities to building practitioners to help them stay up to date with the latest industry standards and practices.
- Building insurance: The QBCC operates the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme, which provides insurance for residential building work in the state.
Who needs to register with the QBCC?In Queensland, Australia, anyone who carries out building work valued at over $3,300 (including labor and materials) must be licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). This includes builders, carpenters, plumbers, joiners, electricians and other tradespeople, as well as other building practitioners such as designers and engineers. It’s worth noting that there are some exceptions to the licensing requirements, such as owner-builders who carry out building work on their own home and certain types of low-risk building work. However, in general, if you carry out building work in the state, you will need to be licensed by the QBCC.
Do tradies need to register with the QBCC?Most tradies who carry out building work valued at more than $3,300 (including labour and materials) are required to be licensed with the QBCC. This includes, but is not limited to, builders, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, HVAC companies and others.
What reports are required to maintain my license with the QBCC?
- Financial reports: Licensed building practitioners are required to submit annual financial reports, which may include a balance sheet, profit and loss statement and cash flow statement. These reports are used to demonstrate that the licensee has the financial resources to carry out their work and to meet their obligations to clients and suppliers.
- Insurance reports: There’s a requirement to maintain insurance coverage for work, and to submit annual reports to the QBCC to demonstrate that the practitioner has the necessary insurance in place.
- Compliance reports: Licensed building practitioners may be required to submit reports demonstrating their compliance with relevant building codes and standards and with consumer protection laws.
- Continuing professional development (CPD) reports: Some practitioners may be required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) activities, and to submit reports demonstrating their participation in these activities.