Queensland is seeking leaders for a new organisation at the centre of a large scale overhaul of building industry regulation in that state.
State Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander announced earlier this week that the government had issued expressions of interest for the new Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), which will replace the controversial Building Services Authority (BSA) by the beginning of 2014.
“The Queensland Government is now seeking applications for a chair and six board members for the new Commission,” Mander said in a statement. “These individuals will be responsible for overseeing the most significant reform of construction industry regulation in over 20 years.”
The latest moves follow the unveiling by the government of a 10-point action plan to overhaul building industry regulation in May, which followed 41 recommendations from a Parliamentary inquiry last year.
The central plank of the reforms revolves around the abolition of the former BSA and creation of the new QBCC, which will take over former BSA functions of building practitioner registration and licensing, dispute resolution and Home Warranty Scheme management.
Once in place, the Commission will be tasked with conducting a complete review of licensing and compliance arrangements.
The QBCC will also be expected to develop an improved suite of building contracts with improved risk management without any additional cost to builders and home owners. It will also be asked to undertake a range of efforts to improve consumer awareness within the home building industry through a consumer friendly web site, an online course for home owners intending to enter into a domestic building contract.
Other key initiatives outlined under the government’s plan in May include reforms to allow consideration of a rapid adjudication model for disputes during residential construction and a review of the roles and responsibilities of private certifiers.
Mander says the new Commission will have much greater accountability than its predecessor, which was widely criticised by industry groups over perceived internal conflicts of interests.
As well as a professional governing body which reports directly to the Minister, the new QBCC will have firewalls which separate internal divisions below the level of general manager.
The new Commission is expected to be in place by the start of 2014.