- There has been an 83% increase in building approvals
- Initiatives include $100 million Work for Tradies social housing program
- QBCC will provide free information sessions
Mick de Brenni, the Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement, has announced Queensland’s Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) will beef up support for tradies in Queensland to maximise their benefit from the building boom.
Mr de Brenni notes that there has been an 83% increase in building approvals due to reforms by the Queensland Government along with $11 billion worth of economic initiatives.
This includes a $100 million Works for Tradies program which is a social housing constructing stimulus.
Alongside this, there is $106 million to stimulate new home within the building market.
The QBCC will also provide extra resources such as free information sessions for Queensland tradies especially for those who fall under Self-Certifying Categories 1 and 2.
“The QBCC upholds the standards within this $45 billion industry to make sure that tradies and small business can get paid in full, on time, every time,” said Mr de Brenni.
“QBCC Tradie Tours are filling up fast and I’d encourage tradies to book now and secure themselves a ticket, however, a spot will be made for every single licensee who needs assistance.”
Brett Bassett, QBCC’s Commissioner, said these free seminars will provide tradies with an overview of processes with reporting and tips to avoid common mistakes when lodging financial reports.
“The industry collaborated to redesign financial reporting to help ensure the financial sustainability of the industry and the businesses and tradies who operate within it,” said Mr Bassett
“These requirements were introduced to reduce financial failure, liquidations and bankruptcy within the industry, and ensure that people get paid for the work they do.”
In conclusion, Mr de Brenni added that the Government has given the QBCC stronger powers which it says will protect homeowners and tradies alike.
Additionally, he says the government is working closely with industry in order to promote awareness and understanding of the reforms across the board.
See below a list of ‘Tradie Tour’ dates:
- 2 March – Toowoomba
- 8 March – Gold Coast
- 9 March – Mackay
- 10 March – Rockhampton
- 16 March – Brisbane South, Loganholme
- 17 March – Cairns
- 18 March – Townsville
- 22 March – Sunshine Coast
- 23 March – Hervey Bay
- 29 March – Brisbane North, Virginia