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Ministerial Construction Council Communique

28 November 2018

The Ministerial Construction Council met in Brisbane on 28 November 2018 to further industry consultation on building and construction industry reforms.

The Queensland Government continues to implement the Queensland Building Plan and work at the national level through the Building Ministers’ Forum. Today, the Council was updated on matters relating to security of payment, including progress on the implementation of project bank accounts on certain government building projects valued between $1 million and $10 million.

The Council was advised that the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel has released a Discussion Paper for public consultation with a closing date of February 2019. In December, the Panel will commence a series of industry forums to be held throughout the State. The industry forums will continue in February after the industry Christmas/New Year closure period.

The Council was made aware that Chapters 3 to 5 of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 will commence on 17 December 2018. This will include changes to progress payments, the process for adjudication, modernisation and simplification of subcontractors’ charges provisions and the introduction of  additional requirements to ensure that contractors are able to recover their retention money.

The Minister thanked members for their involvement in the Ministerial Construction Council Subcommittees and for their feedback on the Minimum Financial Requirements discussion paper. Changes will be delivered in two phases and will be supported by an awareness raising and education campaign.

The Council was advised that the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 was passed by Parliament on 12 September 2018 and that the draft Plumbing and Drainage Regulation and consultation on the draft Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code has commenced.

The Council discussed the Queensland Building Plan licensing reforms, in particular the restricted builder licence. Members agreed to establish a Subcommittee to further investigate the appropriate scope of work for this licence.

Council members provided updates from the Subcommittees for increasing female participation in the building and construction industry and addressing unfair contract terms.

The Minister thanked the members for their ongoing engagement with government through the Council and their contribution to delivering a safer, fairer, more sustainable building and construction industry in Queensland through the Queensland Building Plan reforms.

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