Building & Construction Update: QBCC

[ The landscape of the building and construction sector continues to evolve with the Queensland Government taking the next steps in its plan to reform the sector. ]
by Michael Garrone Published

So what has changed since 1 December 2013:

BSA is gone!

From 1 December 2013 the Queensland Building & Construction Commission has officially replaced the Building Services Authority (BSA) as the regulator of the building and construction sector.

New board appointed

A board has now been appointed to oversee the commission whose role is to implement the government’s 10 point action plan to reform the sector. This will include a review of various aspects of the licensing, education, training and compliance programs in the industry.  We will keep you informed as the review progresses.

Document transfers

Some of those in the industry will have noticed the recent closure of the former BSA website and transfer of all of those documents to the new QBCC website at

New definition of building work

The government has also made changes to what is excluded from the definition of building work and by extension when a contractor is not required to hold a building license.

Exemption for preliminary services

The key change is an exemption for contractors who provide preliminary services such as tendering, negotiation and execution of commercial building contracts.The exemption will apply as long as the actual building work is carried out by an appropriately licensed contractor. However it is important to note that an unlicensed contractor cannot have any ongoing involvement in the direct management of the building work itself. This exemption only applies to commercial building work and not residential works. For more info, you might to check out the frequently asked questions on the transition, or log onto the new QBCC website.

If you have any questions about any of these issues please contact our building & construction sector experts Josh Smith or Michael Garrone or your usual contact at businessDEPOT.

Michael Garrone
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Michael is our Tax Specialist Director as well as the head of our business advisory niches of Building and Construction and Property.

With Michael's extensive experience and a real interest in these niche areas he is able to provide practical business and tax advice that is unique to the Building and Construction and Property industries. His tailored advice helps guide these businesses through start-up phase to succession and sale. Michael has many years’ experience in solving complex problems involving corporate tax, restructures, international taxation, Capital Gains Tax and GST. 

Michael also has a strong background in self-managed superannuation and is an authorised representative of superannuationDEPOT. In this area Michael provides strategic advice on SMSF structures and in particular limited recourse borrowing arrangements. Through this diverse experience Michael has developed expertise within a wide range of industries including building and construction, property, professional services (legal, engineering & finance), technology and software and manufacturing.

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