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QBCC Contracts

These contracts are free to download or, if you would prefer a hard copy, most can be ordered using the Contract Order Form (PDF)( http://qbccinternalview/SiteCollectionDocuments/Generic/Forms/Contract%20Order%20Form.pdf . Complete the form and return it to QBCC with the appropriate payment. Alternatively, you may visit your nearest QBCC office( http://qbccinternalview/contact-us/Pages/contact-us.aspx ) to make your purchase.

Do I need a contract?

All contracts for building work—domestic and commercial—must be in writing, including:

  • head contracts
  • subcontracts
  • sub-sub contracts (i.e. contracts between sub-contractors).

All commercial building work and sub contractor contracts are subject to the requirements of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act).

The contractual obligations, demerit points and bans booklet outlines the rules for contracts between builders/trade contractors and subcontractors and between principals and builders/trade contractors.

You can get a fine or disciplinary action for not complying with the QBCC Act.

All domestic building work over $3300 (excluding designers and certifiers) is subject to the requirements of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000 (DBCA).

The Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000 – What Contractors Need to Know booklet provides more detail on your contractual responsibilities with homeowners. Contractual Chain Scenarios - Responsibilities of each party explains what each party in a contract must do to fulfil their obligations.  

Domestic building work

Domestic building work includes:

  • building a new detached dwelling(including a duplex)
  • building a structure associated with a home such as a shed, garage, carport, retaining structure, driveway, fence, workshop, swimming pool or spa
  • removing or re-siting a dwelling intended to be used as a residence
  • renovating, extending, altering, improving or repairing (including painting and services) a home, duplex or unit
  • refitting a kitchen or bathroom and
  • landscaping, paving, site work etc.

The DBCA requires you to have a written contract with your client and give them a signed copy, along with a QBCC-approved Contract Information Statement.

Contract information statements

You must give your client a QBCC-approved contract information statement when you give them their contract. Please be aware that the Contract Information Statement is not part of the contract. You can:

  • use a QBCCA Contract Pack that includes all required documentation.
  • add a QBCC Contract Information Statement for New Homes or Contract Information Statement for Renovations, Extensions and Repairs to a contract that does not include a contract information statement.
  • use a QBCC-approved information statement from an industry association.

You can get a fine or disciplinary action for not complying with the DBCA.

Which contract to use?

You may use QBCC or industry association contracts that comply with QBCC legislation, or make your own contracts with legal advice. If using your own contracts, all documentation must comply with QBCC legislation.

Interstate contracts don’t usually comply with QBCC legislation.

Contracts for disaster repair work

There is a natural disaster repairs contract for repairs to damage caused by a natural disaster such as a flood or cyclone. It is not intended for commercial construction.

More information

Statutory warranties under the DBC Act
Contract checklist

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6/05/2014 9:52 AM

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