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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Sustainability declaration available online

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Sustainability declaration available online

    The new sustainability declaration listing a property’s environmental and social sustainability features will go online today.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the declaration would be available in the lead up to the debate on the Building and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the declaration would summarise the energy, water, safety and access features of a property for prospective buyers.

    “Queensland is set to become the national leader in sustainable housing policy under proposed legislative amendments currently before State Parliament,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Properties with more sustainability features can have lower operating costs and be more energy and water efficient.

    “Just as many people look at fuel economy and ongoing running costs when buying a car, sustainability features should be an important consideration for prospective homeowners.

    “The declaration will also provide an effective new marketing tool for sellers.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said if the Bill was passed, a sustainability declaration would be required for every house, townhouse or unit sale from 1 January, 2010.

    “Prospective purchasers will be able to get an indication of the ongoing water and electricity savings that could be achieved by certain features, including energy-efficient lighting and insulation,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The declaration is a simple mandatory form to be completed before a house, townhouse or unit is sold in Queensland. It will be user friendly and can be completed by the homeowner or a delegate.

    “The declaration must be completed after engaging an agent to sell the property, and the property is not allowed to be advertised for sale until it is completed.

    “Advertising material, such as web listings and especially created signage will need to reference where the sustainability declaration can be viewed.

    “The declaration will also need to be made available during open-house inspections as well as within a reasonable time frame if a copy is requested by someone interested in buying the property.”

    For more information about mandatory sustainability declarations, visit

    Media contact: Minister Hinchliffe’s office, 07 3227 8425