A Parliamentary Inquiry into the former Queensland Building Services Authority was undertaken in 2012, putting on hold a review of the building certification system at the time. The Queensland Government responded to the parliamentary inquiry report in May 2013 in the form of a Ten Point Action Plan released by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Tim Mander MP. The Ten Point Action Plan included establishing the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
An Implementation Committee was established to oversee the implementation of all items in the Ten Point Action Plan. Action Item 9 of the Ten Point Action Plan committed the Government to undertake a review of the role of private certifiers practising in Queensland. The item places an emphasis on probity, conflicts of interest, quality and appropriate accountability for private certifiers to ensure they adequately perform their functions.
In early 2014, the government also became aware of potential issues with certification in Mackay relating to framing requirements in high wind areas. A subsequent compliance audit by the QBCC inspected 112 properties and identified 11 which failed to meet acceptable framing requirements.
As a result an external review of the Building Act 1975 and building certification in Queensland was undertaken.
The final report on the review takes account of stakeholder feedback received during public consultation on a discussion paper which was released on 15 June 2014. The consultation included written submissions and feedback received during public forums held across Queensland.
Important information to know on the consultation
Public consultation on the final report closed on 5pm, 30 January 2015.
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