Have your say on Queensland building construction

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Queensland Government is calling on people to have their say on the Queensland Building Plan – the most comprehensive review of the state’s $44 billion building industry in generations.

The plan looks at a number of potential reforms across 10 key areas, including a review of licencing, plumbing and drainage laws; the potential for a single state housing code; the operation of the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme; and, security of payment for subcontractors.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said he wanted to make sure everyone had the chance to have their say.

“I want to hear from home owners, builders, subcontractors, licensees, industry groups and local governments about each of these proposals,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We have a strong, modern and vibrant building industry and we need to work together to ensure it continues to grow and be a driver of jobs and economic activity into the future.”

Engineers Australia, Queensland Division Manager Stacey Rawlings said that Engineers Australia’s submission will focus on three key areas.

“The three areas that will take a higher focus in our submission are building certification, non-conforming products and sustainable buildings,” Ms Rawlings said.

“We encourage individuals to contribute a submission to the review and attend the regional briefings so that the engineers from diverse backgrounds, sectors and locations can have their say.”  

You are encouraged to respond to the discussion paper and share your experience and ideas about the potential reforms. Areas for discussion include:

  • Security of payment
  • Queensland Home Warranty Scheme
  • Plumbing and Drainage Act reform
  • Queensland Housing Code/Reconfiguring a Lot Code
  • Building certification
  • Non-conforming building products
  • Inclusive communities
  • Liveable housing design
  • Licensing reforms
  • Sustainable buildings.

How to have your say

Complete an online survey.

Attend one of the public consultation sessions being run across the state at the locations below. Please note that dates are subject to change. Click here for details to register


  • Bundaberg – Tuesday, 7 February
  • Maryborough – Wednesday, 8 February
  • Sunshine Coast – Thursday, 9 February
  • North Brisbane – Tuesday, 21 February
  • Gold Coast – Wednesday, 22 February
  • Logan – Thursday, 23 February
  • Morningside – Friday, 24 February
  • Ipswich – Tuesday, 7 March
  • Charters Towers – Thursday, 9 March
  • Mackay – Tuesday, 21 March
  • Toowoomba – Thursday, 23 March

Public consultation sessions have already been held in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton.

Or lodge a written submission online or via email or post to Queensland Building Plan, Department of Housing and Public Works, GPO Box 2457, City East Brisbane, Qld, 4001 by 28 February 2017.

More information on the Queensland Building Plan discussion paper.


Image: courtesy of the Queensland Government.