State government cuts red tape on QCAT disputes

BUILDERS, subcontractors and consumers will benefit from less red tape and shorter disputes thanks to new laws passed through Parliament last night.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said quicker resolution of disputes would help unleash the construction industry's potential as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy.

"Previously, once a dispute was lodged with Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Building Services Authority (BSA) had its hands tied and couldn't give directions for dodgy work to be fixed or for an insurance claim to be paid out under the Home Warranty Scheme," Mr Mander said.

"Under new laws, the regulator will be able to apply to the Tribunal for an order, which will let it continue acting in a domestic building dispute while QCAT proceedings are still underway."

Mr Mander said the new laws would also let businesses or individuals who needed commercial  building work done to engage a licenced contractor to do so, without the need to hold a building licence themselves.

"Under the old system, anyone seeking to have commercial building work done had to hold a building licence, regardless of whether or not they were going to be performing the work themselves," he said.

"These are common sense changes that will help save time and money, not to mention reduce the frustration that comes from having to comply with nonsensical red tape."