Bet­ter build­ing be­liefs

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MOVES to make Queens­land build­ing sub­con­trac­tors accountable for de­fec­tive work have been wel­comed by Mas­ter Builders, with the peak body hope­ful the next step will en­sure en­gi­neers and all other build­ing pro­fes­sion­als are also held to ac­count. As part of their 2015 Pol­icy & Ad­vo­cacy Agenda, Mas­ter Builders had lob­bied the gov­ern­ment to re­duce the risk for con­sumers and builders, thereby in­creas­ing con­fi­dence in the con­struc­tion process. Mas­ter Builders deputy ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Paul Bidwell wel­comed the changes by the Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion (QBCC), but said they were still work­ing with the gov­ern­ment to en­sure all build­ing pro­fes­sion­als are even­tu­ally held accountable for their work. “This is some­thing we have been want­ing for years,” Mr Bidwell said. “We think it’s fan­tas­tic that the gov­ern­ment has done some­thing about it. “It is one of the things we had asked for in our pol­icy doc­u­ment and the gov­ern­ment have de­liv­ered on it.” From June 1, sub­con­trac­tors re­spon­si­ble for de­fec­tive work will be re­quired to rec­tify it or face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion. This could re­sult in sus­pen­sion or can­cel­la­tion of their li­cence. Pre­vi­ously, builders or prin­ci­pal con­trac­tors were largely re­spon­si­ble for de­fec­tive work per­formed by sub­con­trac­tors un­der their su­per­vi­sion.

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