QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission) What is the QBCC?

QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission)

What is the QBCC?

In Australia, State Governments regulate the licensing of service providers within the building and construction industry under state laws, with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) regulating the Queensland construction industry. The State licensing authorities impose standards including qualifications, experience and financial requirements for contractor licensing within each State. A Contractor licence allows a person or entity to engage with the public or other businesses. A contractor licence is separate and in addition to any personal qualification or occupational licence, which may be a requirement to obtain a contractor licence. 

It’s important when engaging contractors or subcontractors to check they are correctly licensed and working within the terms of that licence. A common mistake identified from our compliance audits is contractors holding an individual licence and not a company licence for the Pty Ltd trading entity. Other common errors are that contractors do not understand the licensing obligations of their subcontractors or the benefits of maintaining multiple licences.

What should I do?

In Queensland do a licence search at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or phone the QBCC for advice 139 333. The other States have licensing schemes that must be complied with for example see www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

Know and identify the entity you are contracting with.

Subcontractor Audits

Workforce Advisory provides subcontractor auditing options including statutory compliance, industrial instrument compliance and telephone interviews. Our comprehensive process includes a significant six-page questionnaire, review of supporting documents, evidence of insurances, and a detailed report indicating risk levels. The report will ensure subcontractors conform to your industrial relations strategy of having a thorough understanding of and compliance with workplace laws, in addition to procurement codes or fair work instruments (Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), Modern Awards and Enterprise Agreements if applicable). 

A specialist law firm provides subcontractors with a level of confidence, support and privileged advice on any compliance improvement recommendations. Audit processes, costing from $400.00 to $2,000.00 plus GST, are an investment in compliance designed to identify and assist in resolving compliance issues. 

Auditing subcontractors, supplier chains or labour providers protect your brand, manages industrial risks, improves statutory compliance and reduces lost time or disruption. The recent explosion of underpayment in the media with high profile business is challenging Australian Directors and Managers to do more with workplace laws compliance. 

Director or Manager queries, please contact Dean Cameron at Workforce Advisory Lawyers – We Know Employment Law on 0417 622 178 or dean.cameron@workforceadvisory.com.au.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as general advice on workplace relations and employment law. It does not constitute legal advice and it is always advisable to seek further information regarding specific workplace issues. Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.  

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