The Queensland Government has initiated a major review of the building certification industry, following concerns raised about lapses in the Mackay region.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said the review was part of the Government's strong plan to grow the construction industry and ensure its bright future, as promised during the election.
Mr Mander explains that the construction industry employs around a quarter of a million people state-wide and is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy; the Government therefore, needs to make sure the industry is operating the way it should.
According to Mr Mander, the Government became aware earlier this year of potential issues with certification in Mackay relating to framing requirements in high wind areas. A subsequent compliance audit by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission inspected 112 properties and identified 11, which failed to meet acceptable framing requirements.
The Queensland Government has therefore decided to take a closer look at the certification system as a whole. Mr Mander said the review would examine probity, conflicts of interest, quality and accountability for private certifiers to ensure the certification system was responsive to the needs of consumers and the industry.
To be led by construction law barrister and licensed builder Andrew Wallace, the review will also examine potential improvements to the Building Act that will further cut costs and reduce delays.