Last updated 16 August 2016

If the building project involves domestic building work valued at $3300 or more, various requirements are imposed on the contractor by the provisions of sch 1B of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Qld) (QBCC Act).

From 1 July 2015, a ‘dual contracts’ system was introduced by the QBCC Act. Contracts with a contract price between $3300 and $20 000 are known as level 1 regulated contracts and those contracts for domestic building work for a contract price of $20 000 or above are level 2 regulated contracts. Level 2 regulated contracts provide greater protection for owners. For example, agreements must be in writing and, among other things, include a description of the work, any plans and specifications for the work, the cost of the work and the completion date. For a level 2 regulated contract, the building contractor must also give the building owner a copy of the Consumer Building Guide before the owner signs the contract.

Contractors must provide clients with a copy of the written signed contract including any plans and specifications within five business days after entering into the regulated contract and before commencing work.