A Queensland construction industry collapse may have been averted following a breakthrough that will introduce key changes to the industry and delay a licensing crackdown.
Scott Sawyer, Sunshine Coast DailySubscriber only|July 3, 2019 6:10am
REGULATIONS will be fast-tracked providing time-limited cladding-related exclusions for private certifiers and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission will ice any plans for a crackdown, to avoid a construction industry collapse.
The deal was struck during a critical Ministerial Construction Council meeting in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Flammable cladding was also set to be banned on all new Queensland buildings, after a resolution was made during the meeting.
Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the flammable cladding ban would extend to all aluminium composite panels with a PE core of greater than 30 per cent, and it would restrict usage across all buildings in Queensland.
The ban will pave the way for the State Government to allow certifiers to hold PI insurance with exclusions, and save certifiers the expense of exclusion-free insurance long-term.
"However, allowing insurance with exclusions is a time-limited solution that provides the industry with immediate confidence to continue operating," Mr de Brenni said.
The council agreed on the overall approach and agreed MCC members would provide advice in response to the detail of the regulation by July 5, as the State Government worked to progress the regulations.