Building and construction developer review
The independent Developer Review Panel (Panel) appointed to review the role of developers in Queensland’s building and construction industry has delivered its final report. The report has now been tabled in the Queensland Parliament.
The report contains five recommendations and several observations that seek to address the issues the Panel identified, minimise red-tape, and provide data insights to inform future policy development.
The Queensland Government is now considering the Panel’s recommendations to ensure any reforms offer the best outcome for Queenslanders.
The Panel was appointed under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) to conduct a review of the role of developers in the building and construction industry. The review follows industry feedback about the important role of developers, and the need to examine the impact of their financial and operational capacity, ethical behaviours and work practices.
The remit of the Panel was to:
- advance the work already done by the Queensland Government to support security of payment in the building and construction industry; and
- consider the impact developers have on the quality and safety of design, construction and certification of buildings and other work practices.
The Panel was guided by Terms of Reference (PDF, 499.23 KB), as well as a workplan and stakeholder engagement plan.
The Panel concluded that developers are a key influence on the building and construction industry and that their behaviours help set the tone of a project and have flow on effects for security of payment, solvency and building quality and safety.
The Panel made five key recommendations which they described as “a benchmark for a better standard for developers in Queensland” aimed at embedding cultural change and promoting professionalism in the development sector. The recommendations are as follows:
- establish an accreditation, disclosure and registration framework for developers
- improve industry education
- clarify developer responsibilities in relation to non-conforming building products
- clarify developer responsibilities in relation to fairness and contracting in Queensland, and
- promote the uptake of digital tools for recording design and construction information.
Industry Reference Group (IRG)
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The Panel was supported by an Industry Reference Group (IRG), which comprised representatives from these organisations.
- Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
- Australian Institute of Architects
- Housing Industry Association
- Insurance Council of Australia
- Local Government Association of Queensland
- Master Builders Queensland
- Property Council of Australia
- Queensland Building and Construction Commission
- Queensland Council of Unions
- Queensland Law Society
- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Urban Development Institute of Australia – Queensland
- Last updated:
- 9 June 2023