News

Queensland building watchdog to undergo reform

The Building Services Authority has been the subject of ongoing complaints.
The Building Services Authority has been the subject of ongoing complaints. Warren Lynam

THE state's building regulator will undergo major reform in an attempt to curb complaints over how the watchdog operates.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced on Wednesday a separate unit established within the Public Works Department would assess complaints made to the Building Services Authority so the regulatory body, the construction industry's watchdog, was not investigating itself.

A panel has also been established to look at what can be done to reform the BSA.

Mr Newman told 4BC Radio today he had received many complaints about the organisation.

Following a parliamentary committee reviewing the BSA last year, Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the newly-appointed panel would "make sure a reformed BSA strikes the right balance between the interests of industry and consumers".

"The BSA has an extremely broad charter covering everything from licensing of contractors to handling disputes so it's extremely important that it operates effectively," Mr Mander said.

Mr Mander said complaints were currently addressed internally by the BSA.

"It's never ideal to have Caesar judging Caesar," Mr Mander said.

A report the parliamentary committee compiled regarding the BSA recommended the entire organisation be disbanded and replaced.

At the time, the Master Builders Association submitted the BSA needed to be tightly focused on its operations and not competing in the marketplace.

Topics:  building, building services authority, queensland



Backpacker tax scrapped as changes bite on farmers

Rob Bauer of Bauer's Organic Farm. The farm has launched a paddock-to-plate online shop. Photo: LucyRC Photography

Region's farmers still unhappy with decision

Fernvale man wins $50,000 on a $4 scratchie

BIG WIN: A Fernvale man is living the dream after his scratch-it purchase paid off.

Winner in his 20s says he'll "spoil his daughter"

Get your special sports liftout in tomorrow's QT

It's a terrific record of achievement from so many dedicated players, teams and officials around Ipswich.

Grab your 16-page winners guide to Ipswich sport

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.