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Special Joint Taskforce to investigate subcontractor non-payment in the Queensland building industry

A special joint taskforce will investigate complaints or allegations of fraudulent behaviour that have led to subcontractor non-payment in the building industry.

Any individual or organisation can make a confidential submission to the Taskforce.

Read the Premier’s media statement.

Who is leading the Taskforce?

Retired Supreme Court Judge John Byrne will head up the Taskforce. He will be joined by:

  • detectives from Queensland Police
  • investigators from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission
  • prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Taskforce will report directly to the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport.

When will the Taskforce be active?

The Taskforce will commence on Wednesday 27 March 2019, for a period of 3 months.

What is the scope of the Taskforce?

The Taskforce will:

  • invite and investigate matters and complaints provided through submissions (in person and/or in writing) in relation to allegations of fraudulent behaviour relating to building subcontractor non-payment
  • where the material discloses evidence of possible breaches of legislation, refer that material to the relevant prosecuting authority
  • consider if there are sufficient and appropriate investigative and supervisory powers to deal with the conduct disclosed in the matters reviewed
  • provide recommendations to the Government by 30 June 2019.

If you are currently experiencing non-payment for work completed, please:

How do I make a submission?

Arrangements are being made for you to make a confidential submission either online, through email, face-to-face or via post. A secure website will be available for lodging submissions. Representatives from the Taskforce will also be visiting major regional locations.

Information about how you can speak with investigators will be provided soon.

What information should be included in the submission?

There will be no set format for raising a matter, but it is requested the submissions be made in writing. Submissions can be in any form, such as a letter, short document or a larger paper.

Information provided should be factual, specific, detailed and include any documents to support the allegations. During the process, the Taskforce may ask you for further information.​​

What support services are available?

If at any time you require additional support, MATES in construction is available to link you to the right support service.

MATES is an independent charity supporting construction workers and their families during tough times. MATES doesn’t provide services but connects workers to the most appropriate service to meet their needs. MATES services are at no charge and seek to link workers to services that are free or low cost. All dealings with MATES are strictly confidential.​​​​



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