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

Creating a sustainable future with renewable hydrogen gas*

With the Australian Government committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris Agreement, what will the future of gas look like?

31 October 2022

WHS penalties when working on your own house*

If you work on your own property, have you considered if you have the appropriate license to carry out the work? Often when doing this work, you may not consider your legislative obligations from a Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) perspective, thinking it is private work on a personal residence, but it's not that simple.

17 October 2022

Changes to WHS work laws – psychosocial hazards and sexual harassment

Early next year, amendments to the state WHS regulations will be enacted and will contain a definition of psychosocial hazards and risks, an express duty to manage those risks, and provisions relating to determining control measures to manage psychosocial risks.

13 October 2022

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