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Ministerial Construction Council Communique

16 October 2019, Brisbane

On 16 October 2019, the Ministerial Construction Council (Council) met at Parliament House in Brisbane during a Sitting of the Queensland Parliament. 

The meeting welcomed as a guest the Chair of the Queensland Building and Construction (QBC) Board, Mr Dick Williams, who has accepted the role of Chair of the newly established Subcommittee on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the building and construction industry.

Mr Brett Bassett, Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) provided an update to attendees on the Safer Buildings Program which was established by the Government to audit buildings potentially containing flammable cladding and undertake rectification works to protect homeowners and the community. 

Mr Bassett provided an update on Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) and in particular confirmed for categories SC1, SC2 and categories 1 and 2 licensees that the QBCC would undertake a facilitative regulatory approach for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020. He confirmed that the QBCC’s regulatory and risk-based approach would be outlined in an MFR regulatory guide which members of the Council will have the opportunity to provide input to and feedback on. He confirmed that the draft regulatory guide and outreach strategy would be ready for consideration by Friday, 15 November 2019. Regular reporting on the outcomes of this approach will be provided to Government.  

A presentation from the Fairness in Contracting Subcommittee outlined a list of unfair contract terms that could be applied to government building and construction projects. The recommendations from the Subcommittee are likely to be considered by the Council later in the year.

Members were updated on the continuing awareness raising activities of the Subcommittee on Increasing Female Participation in the Building and Construction Industry. Council members noted the recent Queensland Government and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) joint announcement about an exemplar construction project which is targeting to achieve over the 11 per cent goal for women in frontline construction roles.

Members heard from the Chair of the Subcommittee on Fire Protection Licensing and Compliance, Mr Wayne Smith from the National Fire Industry Association, who provided a progress report on the work the Subcommittee has been leading. A draft final framework was tabled at the meeting for discussion and the Council endorsed the proposed new fire protection licensing framework and transitional arrangements.

The Chair of the QBC Board led a discussion about the need for building industry practitioners to maintain the currency of their knowledge through ongoing training and development and how this will lead to improved confidence in the industry. During the meeting, Mr Williams spoke about his commitment to improving the standards of professionalism in the industry and how the findings of the subcommittee have the potential to influence the national agenda. The terms of reference for the CPD subcommittee were approved and includes making recommendations on a framework for how compulsory CPD for professionals and trades within the industry might be adopted in Queensland in order to advance building quality, workplace safety and business practices, and thereby promote stability and confidence in Queensland’s building industry for consumers, investors and other stakeholders. 

The Council was provided with an update on the implementation of project bank accounts and that the Government is considering the findings of the report from the Building Industry Fairness and Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel. The Minister reconfirmed his intention to consult with the Council on the Government’s response to the Evaluation Panel’s recommendations before the report is tabled in Parliament. It was agreed that a subcommittee be established to provide feedback on any draft legislation that may be required to implement the agreed recommendations. 

The Minister spoke about the draft Government response to the Special Joint Taskforce’s report into subcontractor non-payment in the Queensland building industry. The Minister informed the meeting that legislative amendments required to implement the Taskforce’s recommendations will be considered as part of the same body of work implementing the Building Industry Fairness and Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel report. 

The Minister thanked members for their continued commitment to attending Council and Subcommittee meetings, reiterating that this collaboration between the Queensland Government and industry is helping to deliver a safer, fairer and more sustainable building and construction industry in Queensland.​



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