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Consulting on Building Reforms

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Everyday more than 220,000 Queenslanders earn a living in the building and construction industry across the state. They make an enormous impact on the communities in which we live.

This is why our department reached out to Queenslanders in extensive state-wide consultation sessions through the Queensland Building Plan – A discussion paper for industry and consumers which addressed ten proposed areas of reform ranging from Non-Conforming Building Products (NCBPs) and Security of Payment to Inclusive Communities and Liveable Housing Design.

Sessions were held in 15 key locations including Cairns, Bundaberg and Toowoomba providing the opportunity for 1,100 stakeholders to have their say about the development of a Queensland Building Plan and set the long-term strategic direction of the building and construction industry.

Additional consultations included: 19 deep dive sessions, 13 trade breakfasts at Bunnings stores, 13 trade breakfasts at Reece stores and a stall for four days at the Courier-Mail Home Show in Brisbane. We also received over 800 written submissions and over 1,700 responses to the online surveys.

The outcome of these consultations will be the Queensland Building Plan which will guide changes to policy and legislation to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable industry. It will also enhance consumer confidence in the industry and drive innovative, liveable and sustainable design.

Processes will be simplified and unnecessary red tape reduced to improve efficiency and save both time and money while compliance frameworks and improved regulatory powers will result in having the right person and materials for the job at hand.

Changes to laws for NCBPs will mean that all players in the building supply chain will have to take responsibility for ensuring building products are safe and fit for intended purpose.

New laws for Security of Payment will ensure that subcontractors are paid in full and on time for the work they do.

While consultation played a key role in determining priorities, it also highlighted issues within the building and construction industry that require further, targeted collaboration with stakeholders.

The Building Industry and Policy team continues to work with industry, peak bodies and consumers, so that Queenslanders get the safe, secure and productive building and construction industry they deserve.


Last updated 06 October 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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