chain of responsibility

The Queensland Government proposes to introduce comprehensive changes to its building and construction laws through the amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) proposed by the Building and Construction Legislation (Nonconforming Building Products – Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2017 (Amendments), introduced in to Parliament on 26 May 2017.

The Amendments will address the growing problem of non-conforming building products (NCBPs) and attempt to eliminate the use of unsafe building products across Queensland building sites by introducing a chain of responsibility for the supply of building products. The compliance and enforcement powers of the regulator, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), will also be increased. The Amendments require critical attention for all participants in the building product supply chain, including designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers (Supply Chain Participants).

NCBPs are building products and materials that are marketed and supplied with misleading claims about their quality or purpose, or do not meet the required standards.