Ministerial Construction Council Regional meeting
3 December 2019, Gold Coast
On 3 December 2019, the Ministerial Construction Council (Council) met at the Southport Sharks Australian Football Club on the Gold Coast.
Mr Brett Bassett, Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) provided an update about the mechanical services licensing framework, due to commence on 1 January 2020. The new laws recognise existing individuals and companies performing this work, while enabling existing workers two years to meet the requirements if they work for an appropriately licensed contractor.
Mr Bassett also advised members of the QBCC’s work relating to the Minimum Financial Requirements, which requires licensed contractors to provide the QBCC with annual reports. Mr Bassett reported that the new reporting requirements commenced on 1 January 2019 and has injected over $1.2 billion in capital into the industry. Industry engagement will be elevated to ensure maximum uptake to the 31 December 2019 reporting timeline.
Mr Bassett explained how the QBCC is continuing to assist building owners to complete the combustible cladding checklist through the Safer Building Program.
Following a discussion on project management, the Council agreed to establish a subcommittee to progress recommendations relating to leadership and governance of all projects, including by licensed project managers. This work will additionally inform Queensland’s position in relation to the design, construction and certification of complex buildings in accordance with Building Confidence Report recommendations.
Mr Philip Halton, Deputy Commissioner of the QBCC informed the members about the progress of the Building Confidence – Compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) subcommittee, which has met three times since being established in October 2019.The subcommittee continues to develop a CCPD framework which will support the industry and has recommended the framework for a national CPD to be informed by the proposed Queensland framework. The relevant subcommittee will develop a paper for the Council’s consideration on the competencies and professional standards for site and project managers.
The Minister gave members an update about the work of the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) and its upcoming meeting on 13 December 2019, including the establishment of a dedicated implementation team under the Australian Building Codes Board for the Building Confidence Report. The Minister invited input on the development of Queensland positions for BMF agenda items.
The Council was updated about the proposed legislative amendments being progressed in response to two independent reports into the building and construction industry and to enhance the building certification system. The Minister advised that implementing the government responses to the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel report and the Special Joint Taskforce report will further strengthen and expand Queensland’s nation-leading safeguards for subcontractor payments. The certification reforms will improve independence and the professional standards and compliance of certifiers. Council members were invited to participate in the relevant, existing subcommittees to provide feedback on the draft legislation in late 2019 and early 2020. Council members will also be consulted on the regulation detail that will support the security of payment reforms.
The Minister thanked all members for their ongoing engagement and support throughout 2019, which assisted the government to deliver a safer, fairer and more sustainable building and construction industry for Queensland.
Approved by the Ministerial Construction Council on 3 December 2019.
- Last updated:
- 4 December 2019