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Ministerial Construction Council Communique May 2019

​The Ministerial Construction Council met in Brisbane on 8 May 2019 to further industry consultation on building and construction industry reforms and discuss the emerging challenge of professional indemnity in​suranc​​e.

The Council agreed to establish a new fire protection licensing and compliance subcommittee to provide input to the proposed new fire protection licensing framework, technical qualifications and units of competency that will underpin the framework and strengthen compliance for fire protection generally. Terms of Reference for the subcommittee were noted by the Council.

The Council noted an update on the review into restricted builder licences concerning preparations of new Terms of Reference to guide the subcommittee's work. The Terms of Reference will include increased support from the Department of Housing and Public Works, as well as broader stakeholder consultation concerning any suggested changes, prior to the subcommittee making further recommendations to the Council.

The Council agreed to defer the work of the Fairness in Contracting subcommittee in developing a legal definition of 'unfair' contract terms for the building and construction industry until after the Federal election, as both major parties have committed to strengthen Federal legislation in response to the Unfair Terms in Contracts Review. In the meantime, the subcommittee, supported by a construction law specialist, will continue its work on identifying examples of unfair terms and conditions. The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni, will raise unfair contract terms at the next Building Ministers' Forum.

In other business, the Council received an update from the Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) on the implementation of the Minimum Financial Requirement (MRF) reforms following the commencement of Phase 2 of the reforms on 2 April 2019.

These reforms deliver on the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to strengthen the MFR and enable the QBCC to better regulate the industry. Importantly, these new laws will provide the QBCC with more appropriate information and tools to better detect and mitigate the impacts of insolvencies and corporate collapses in the industry.

The QBCC Commissioner also updated the Council on the progress of the Queensland Government's Safer Buildings Program, that comprises a three-part audit of potentially at-risk buildings. The program was introduced in response to combustible cladding issues. The Council endorsed a recommendation from the QBCC that the compliance period for Parts 2 and 3a of the Program be extended for two months, to 31 July and 31 October respectively, to assist property owners to assess their buildings.

The Minister welcomed to the meeting representatives from the Insurance Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Together there was a discussion about the current issues impacting the availability and cost of professional indemnity insurance for building industry professionals including architects, engineers and building certifiers. The MCC agreed to support further consultation on short, medium- and long-term approaches to fair and appropriate professional indemnity insurance for building industry professionals. The MCC also agreed to provide information about Safer Buildings clearance information to support risk-based decision making.

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

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