Queensland Law Society

New building and safety laws are now in effect

Changes to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1981 commenced on 1 November 2017. The changes will apply to everyone in the building product supply chain.

Changes to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1981 commenced on 1 November 2017. The changes will apply to everyone in the building product supply chain.

The new laws are intended to improve safety by placing responsibility on anyone on a building site in Queensland to report unsafe situations, and to prevent the manufacture, distribution and use of non-conforming building products.

The amendments have given the Queensland Building and Construction Commission new powers, to:

  • issue a recall notice for a building product
  • issue a warning statement to raise public awareness
  • prosecute offences relating to supplying or installing a non-conforming building product.

For more information please go to qbcc.qld.gov.au/non-conforming-building-products.