The building and construction industry is a significant contributor to the Queensland economy. In 2018–19, it was responsible for employing around 230,000 people and contributing around $46 billion to the state.
Licensing of commercial and domestic building and construction work can increase public confidence in the sector. It ensures people working in the industry satisfy and continue to meet minimum eligibility requirements, and have the skills, knowledge, and financial resources to competently carry out building work.
Over the past 20 years, the industry has changed significantly, creating new risks and challenges for regulation. Events in other jurisdictions and overseas show what can happen if the behaviour of the building industry does not meet community expectations and accepted building standards.
Changes to the industry and legislation have significantly impacted QBCC. In 2016, it refocused its role as a regulator, away from a complaints-driven licensing authority. QBCC now has more powers to enforce the integrity and probity of the sector and the community expects it to use these powers. But to become more risk-focused it needs better data, analytics and automation.