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    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Queensland building contractors doing the right thing

    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Queensland building contractors doing the right thing

    In its latest licence “blitz” the Building Services Authority (BSA) has found very low numbers of unlicensed building contractors operating in the Queensland building industry, Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten said today.

    BSA interviewed 3,837 contractors at 989 different sites across the State and found only 1.7% of contractors suspected of working without an appropriate licence.

    Mr Schwarten said this low rate of unlicensed contracting was well below the historical average of 2-3% across the State.

    “Many regions in Queensland recorded a drop in suspected unlicensed contractors, which shows that BSA’s messages are getting through,” Mr Schwarten said.

    “This is a great result and shows that 98.3% of Queensland contractors are doing the right thing.

    Mr Schwarten said the Brisbane region continued to show an improvement in unlicensed contracting.

    “Only 2.3% of contractors interviewed in the Brisbane region were suspected of unlicensed contracting, which is one of the best results since BSA began audits in February 2005,” Mr Schwarten said.

    Mr Schwarten emphasised the importance of using a BSA-licensed contractor.

    “BSA says: ‘if they can’t show you their licence, show them the door’.

    “A home is one of your greatest investments so homeowners should be very careful about who they contract to perform building work on it,” he said.

    Mr Schwarten said homeowners can check to see if a contractor has a current and appropriate licence by using BSA’s free online licence search facility.

    BSA general manager Ian Jennings said the licence “blitzes” actively discouraged unlicensed operators, and helped the skilled and licensed contractors achieve a level playing field.

    “A BSA licence proves to homeowners that a contractor has the skills, experience and training to meet BSA’s rigorous licensing requirements.

    “BSA’s licensing audits target all types of building work in all areas of Queensland and are conducted randomly to allow BSA to assess the level of unlicensed contracting in the industry,” Mr Jennings said.

    If you have any building or licence-related questions, call 1300 BSA BSA or visit

    List of Region and rate of suspected unlicensed contracting:
    Brisbane 1.7%
    Gold Coast 1.5%
    Sunshine Coast 0.3%
    Maryborough 0.6%
    Toowoomba 1.0%
    Rockhampton 1.5%
    Mackay 2.4%
    Townsville 0.8%
    Cairns 2.0%
    Innisfail 0%

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