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    Government Services, Building Industry and ICT
    The Honourable Simon Finn

    Shonky contractors in sights of building inspection teams

    Government Services, Building Industry and ICT
    The Honourable Simon Finn

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Shonky contractors in sights of building inspection teams

    Shonky contractors trying to cash in on flood reconstruction work are in the sights of State Government building inspectors, Building Industry Minister Simon Finn said today.

    Mr Finn today joined a Building Services Authority (BSA) audit team inspecting building sites on Brisbane’s flood-affected southside.

    He said the BSA teams were cracking down on unlicensed contractors to protect home owners as they rebuild their damaged properties.

    “Queensland faces a massive reconstruction task after a summer of natural disasters and we need to ensure the rebuilding is being done by qualified, licensed contractors,” Mr Finn said.

    “The last thing home owners need is to have work being carried out by an unlicensed contractor not covered by the statutory Home Warranty Scheme.

    “These audits ensure the work is being done by tradies who meet the BSA’s standards of qualification and experience, and that compliant contracts are in place for the work.

    “It’s about protecting home owners and protecting licensed contractors from unfair competition, while helping to maintain building standards.”

    Mr Finn said unlicensed contractors could be hit with infringement notices and fines of up to $2,000.

    “This week’s audits throughout southeast Queensland have so far detected nine alleged unlicensed contractors,” he said.

    “They’ve also uncovered 11 contractors who did not have compliant contracts with home owners, and six instances where insurance premiums had not been paid.

    “But overwhelmingly, our local building contractors are doing the right thing.

    "What we’ve got in Queensland is a strong small business sector which is helping people rebuild after the recent natural disasters.”

    BSA inspection teams have this week covered flood-affected areas in Brisbane, Ipswich, Pine Rivers, Caboolture and Emerald, and audits will continue next week in Central Queensland.

    Minister’s Office 3225 2987