Delay for next phase of project trust accounts until 2025

Queensland’s builders have welcomed the Queensland government’s decision to delay the further rollout of Project Trust Accounts (PTAs) into the private sector for contracts over $3 million from 1 April 2023 to 1 March 2025, and for contracts over $1 million from 1 October 2023 to 1 October 2025, but we remain sceptical that PTAs will be the silver bullet for security of payment.

20 March 2023

Updated overhead clearances for gas cooktops 2023

The minimum clearance requirements between a gas cooktop and a range hood have increased from 600 mm to 650 mm in accordance with the new edition of AS/NZS 5601.1: 2022 Gas installations Part 1: General installations that was published 30 September 2022.

17 March 2023

International Women's Day 2023: Highlighting women in construction

This International Women's Day, we’re highlighting the progress so far, and programs available to women within the Queensland construction industry.

7 March 2023

QBCC error leaves some builders exposed

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) recently provided the details to the media of over 500 licensees who had allegedly failed to provide annual reporting and had a condition of ‘no new work’ placed on their building licence.

22 February 2023

Introduction of Family and Domestic Violence Leave 2023

Family and domestic violence are at epidemic proportions in Australia. 1 in 6 women (2.13 million) and 1 in 16 men (786,000) experience family and domestic violence in their lifetime. To support employees further, Fair Work Australia has introduced Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave.

2 February 2023

QBCC directions to rectify – including all relevant parties

Master Builders has been working with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to make sure regulatory action is directed at the responsible licensee for defective work.

25 January 2023

Policy & Advocacy wrap up 2022

As an industry association, one of our main roles is to represent the interests of members and the broader industry in Queensland. Over the last six months our policy and advocacy team has been busy lobbying government and industry regulators on the issues that matter to you.

2 December 2022

Changes to Fair Work laws (Dec 2022)

The Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act has received Royal Assent and is now in forceAll employers will be impacted by these changes and should be aware of the proposed new rules.

2 December 2022

Should my sub-contractor be paid superannuation?

In light of High Court decisions made earlier this year, determining the status of contractors, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has revised its Superannuation for Subbies test.

18 November 2022

New WHS codes of practice released (Nov 2022)

The Managing the Risk of Psychosocial Hazards at Work Code of Practice, and the Managing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure in Construction and the Manufacturing of Construction Elements Code of Practice, are now available on the WorkSafe Queensland website.

11 November 2022

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