One of the concerns around recruiting new building subcontractors is their potential history of producing defective work. With the abundance of work available at present, many construction businesses are looking to extend their team with quality individuals. However, this need can't be placed ahead of finding skilled and professional tradies.
It is then pleasing to report a change in policy from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). According to a May 18 media release, from June, building industry subcontractors will be responsible for any defective work they complete. In the past, principal contractors were legally held accountable for the work and had to fix it.
As of June, subcontractors will have to amend the defective work or face disciplinary action. This could mean a suspension or cancellation of their licence and have a major bearing on their working opportunities moving forward.
Commissioner Steve Griffin noted that this change has been on the table for several years and will have a positive impact on the sector in the future.
"These changes have been requested by industry members for some time and it makes sense for subcontractors to take more responsibility for their work and to be held accountable if they perform defective work," he explained.
The decision also received the backing of many of Queensland's industry associations. This included the Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland who described it as "positive" and the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries, who said it will result in "better outcomes for the consumer".
"We think it's a great thing the QBCC is going to hold all contractors accountable for their work"
Master Builders Deputy Executive Director Paul Bidwell also responded to the move.
"We think it's a great thing the QBCC is going to hold all contractors accountable for their work," he said.
"We welcome the fact 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."
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