Coronavirus common workplace relations FAQs

We've developed a summary of common workplace relations questions employers are facing as a result of the response to Coronavirus.

16 March 2020

Coronavirus and the building industry

The impact of coronavirus is wide ranging within the building industry, from effects felt within the supply chain, through to the inevitable questions about its impact on employment conditions and safety.

16 March 2020

BIF legislation introduced

The government introduced the next phase of its controversial Building Industry Fairness legislation today, making the bold promise of a new era for tradies.

5 February 2020

Building for bushfires in Queensland

With the recent tragic bushfire events across Australia and predictions of similar conditions into the future, it’s never been more important to understand the requirements of building in bushfire prone areas.

17 January 2020

MFRs and annual reporting in 2020

The 31 December deadline has been and gone and there are still almost 40,000 builders and subcontractors who haven’t provided their financial information to the QBCC. This figure is largely made up of SC1 and SC2 and Category 1 to 3 licensees.

16 January 2020

New Mechanical Services Licencing system

From Wednesday, 1 January 2020 a new Mechanical Services Licencing system will take effect. These changes will impact both employers (contractors) and employees. Mechanical Services work will effectively become $0 meaning there is no amount of work that can be done without a licence.

6 December 2019

Response to BIF changes

The state government’s response to the review of the Building Industry Fairness legislation is finally in. It clears the way for a number of major changes to the PBA regime, many of which will be warmly welcomed by builders – the 41 who have been dealing with PBAs during 2018 and 2019, as well as those who are looking down the barrel of having to deal with them in 2020 and beyond (as subsequent phases are introduced).

29 November 2019

Apprentice back pay owing

An important message for incorporated employers which existed prior to 27 March 2006, and who employed an apprentice any time since 1 January 2014.

29 October 2019

Additional annual reporting for Category 4-7 contractors

The QBCC recently communicated with all Category 4 – 7 licence holders requesting an additional annual financial report.

29 October 2019

Getting On The Front Foot About Mental Health

A proactive approach to good mental health is crucial for the construction industry, which sees a disproportionate number of its workforce affected by mental health issues.

15 October 2019

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