Queensland buildings more than they are cracked up to be

Anyone who watched Four Corners on Monday, 19 August could be forgiven for thinking that the majority of Australian residential apartments constructed in recent years are riddled with defects, covered in combustible cladding and leaking like a sieve.

27 August 2019

Changes to Certifiers’ PI Insurance coverage

Following the government’s announcement in July, the Regulation has now been changed to allow building certifiers to have an exclusion on their professional insurance (PI) indemnity policy up until June 2021.

15 August 2019

Premium increase for Queensland Home Warranty scheme

Insurance premiums for residential construction work in Queensland increase by 3.85% from today.

1 August 2019

Procurement policy changes effective soon

The Queensland Government will introduce three significant changes to their procurement policy from Thursday, 1 August. If you currently tender for or perform state government work, you need to be aware of the changes.

31 July 2019

PI insurance and combustible cladding update

PI Insurance, certifiers and the Building Ministers Forum meeting The outcomes of the recent Building Ministers Forum (BMF) are an important step toward addressing the ongoing issues with PI insurance and combustible cladding.

19 July 2019

Product Certification Body Suspended

CertMark International Pty Ltd (CMI) has had its accreditation suspended under the CodeMark and WaterMark rules.  While suspended they cannot issue any CodeMark or WaterMark certificates.

16 July 2019

New Period Subcontract Agreement and Work Order now available in eDocs

As well as being fully compliant with recent legislation changes, the new versions of the Period Subcontract Agreement (PSC) and Work Order (WO) are more comprehensive than previous versions.

15 July 2019

Solution announced to PI insurance cladding crisis

Master Builders is pleased the government has heeded our calls for a change in the rules for licensing building certifiers. The Minister announced this week that building certifiers will be allowed to have an exclusion on their professional indemnity insurance for combustible cladding.

3 July 2019

Last round of changes to MFRs next on horizon

The final part of the Minimum Financial Requirements (MFRs) will take effect from 1 January 2020 and will be relevant to self-certification categories (SC) 1-2 and category 1-3 licensees.

27 June 2019

Are you complying with the Earthquake Standard

With the QBCC recently carrying out site audits focusing on the Earthquake Standard and compliance with Section 8 – non-structural parts and components, it has never been more important for builders to understand their obligations.

27 June 2019

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