Ministerial Construction Council Regional Round Table Meeting 3 September 2019
3 September 2019, Townsville
On 3 September 2019, the Ministerial Construction Council met and held a Regional Round Table (MCC RRT) in Townsville during the Regional Sitting of the Queensland Parliament.
The Minister opened the forum by discussing the importance of the building and construction industry to the State and provided an overview of how the industry contributes to the Townsville area’s local economy and the $930.7 million infrastructure spend in the region in 2019-20.
The MCC RRT discussed issues impacting the industry nationally and were provided with an update on the work of the Building Ministers’ Forum in responding to these issues. The MCC RRT noted Queensland’s strong position, particularly with regard to a robust regulatory framework, non-conforming building products law and recent amendments relating to professional indemnity for certifiers which allow them to continue doing their job.
The round table provided an opportunity for MCC members and regional representatives of industry associations to discuss how government and industry can better prioritise the restoration of confidence in the sector, to promote investment and jobs growth.
The MCC RRT noted that work on unfair contract terms was progressing through an MCC subcommittee as a priority.
Industry representatives noted an update from the Chair of the MCC Subcommittee on Fire Protection Licensing and Compliance, who provided a progress report on the work they have been undertaking to modernise the fire protection licensing framework, a decision on which will be progressed to the MCC for approval out of session.
Attendees also noted a paper provided by Master Builders Queensland and Housing Industry Association on a proposal to raise the bar for residential builders, a program to assist new builders to improve their skills with practical business systems and processes. The MCC members at the roundtable agreed to establish a subcommittee to progress an education program as part of CPD proposals being considered in the work of the Building Confidence Implementation Team.
Industry representatives were also provided with an update on the National Construction Code and discussed upcoming Regulatory Impact Statements for accessible housing, energy efficiency and lead in plumbing.
The Minister thanked members for their ongoing commitment to the MCC through these meetings, subcommittees and other mechanisms. Working together, the State Government and industry are delivering a safer, fairer, more sustainable building and construction industry in Queensland.
- Last updated:
- 29 November 2019