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Seminars commence 14 February. With a number of sessions already sold out, make sure you register as soon as possible to secure a place.
As an acceptable managerial course for trade contractors, please be advised that QBCC will accept either:
- BSBSMB401A – Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
- BSBSMB406A – Manage Small business finances, and
- CPCCBC4009B – Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
TAS train out the units mentioned above in QLD only, for any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us
Changes to Home Warranty Scheme effective from 28 October, 2016
It is important that you are aware of recent changes to the law concerning what is insurable building work and premiums for the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme (the Scheme).
These changes will apply to contracts signed on or after 28 October, 2016.
Everything previously insurable under the home warranty scheme will continue to be insurable, although the scheme has been expanded to cover other building work, including painting, the installation of manufactured homes and more.
Premiums are to be calculated according to the new premium tables. The new premiums better target the type and size of the project. In many cases, premiums will be reduced, although in cases such as new building contracts valued over $600,000 premiums will be increased.
Your consumers will now have the option of increasing the amount of cover by paying an additional premium.
For more information about the home warranty reforms, visit the QBCC website
On 1 April 2016, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2003 was amended to reflect current industry practices and to update and streamline licensing requirements.
In summary, the amendments to the Commission’s licensing requirements are –
- The 2 year experience requirement has been removed for all trade contractor licence classes, except fire, building design and hydraulic design classes. Builder licence applicants will still be subject to experience requirements.
- Technical qualifications have been removed from the Regulation and placed in a separate ‘technical qualification document’ that lives on the Department of Housing and Public Works website. A link has been provided on the QBCC website directly to the document.
- Builders Low and Medium Rise have had their scopes of work expanded to now allow them to work on non-structural components of any building irrespective of their size with the exception of fire protection work.
- The ‘QBCC approved Management course’ has been replaced by a single AQF unit – BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business.
- Builder Restricted to Swimming Pool Construction licence class has been deleted. Current licensees will be transitioned into the full Swimming Pool Construction, Installation and Maintenance class.
- Off-site manufacture of roof trusses and wall frames is included as an exemption to the definition of building work under Sch 1AA.
- Plastering Solid licensees now have the ability to apply paint if they supply the Commission with evidence they have completed a painting unit of competency. Current licensed solid plasterers will need to apply for the new class if they wish to carry out painting work.
- Painting and Decorating licensees now have the ability to apply render if they supply the Commission with evidence they have completed a solid plastering unit of competency. Current licensed painters will automatically receive the new class allowing them to apply render.
The QBCC website has been updated to reflect these changes as well as our licensing forms. To support the different experience requirements that applicants need to account for, our Individual Licence Application form has now been segmented into three separate forms:
- Licence Application form INDIVIDUAL – For all Builder, Hydraulic Design and Building Design licence classes
- Licence Application form INDIVIDUAL – For all licences with the exception of Builder, Fire, Hydraulics and Design classes
- Licence Application form INDIVIDUAL – For Fire, Nominee Supervisor or Contractor licence classes
If you have any enquiries related to these changes please contact our Contact Centre on 139 333.
ABR Online Issue No 17 is now available for viewing
Welcome to the latest edition of the ABR online.
In this edition you will find articles on:
- NCC 2016 – an overview of the changes;
- High risk building products update;
- Improved WaterMark Certification Scheme update;
- And more…
This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders, including selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality, and liaising with clients. The builder may also be the appropriately licensed person with responsibility under the relevant building licensing authority in the State or Territory. Builder licensing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements to attainment of this qualification may be required.
In this role you would manage projects in a variety of contexts, across a number of industry sectors. You would need to apply project management skills and knowledge and are responsible for achieving project objectives. A Project Manager possesses a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical and managerial competencies to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate their own work and/or the work of others.
What is a Workforce Development Plan?
Think of it as a full health check.
Perhaps a full service for your car. An overview of your workforce taking into consideration the following elements:
- The current growth of your business
- Your position relating to compliance
- Current skills compliance of your existing workforce
- Risk analysis
- Comprehensive Training Matrix
- Future compliance “GAPS”
- Workforce Development Analysis Report
- Receive a finalised Workforce Development Plan and Report which includes costs
1. Know your business from the inside out
Conducting a workforce development plan will identify GAP’s in your current workforce relating to skills, compliance and sustainable knowledge. It also paints a clear picture in how your workforce is going.
Knowing where your GAPs are gives you the opportunity to know and understand your workforce. When you know your workforce you can implement training strategically in the right areas. Training improves retention and will deliver a ‘continuous improvement’ culture, assisting workers to better themselves. The number one need for workers is self-fulfilment and personal development.
Risk Can Ruin A Business!!
Financially, personally and commercially. So why do businesses continue to operate breaching legal requirements, persist with staff in positions that are not qualified and continue to ignore all the risks non-compliant workforces produce?
Easy….they are simply unaware. A successfully implemented workforce development analysis is the solution.
A Workforce Development Strategy will identify areas of non-compliance and also highlight low productive areas as a bi-product of this strategy. If your business can identify the areas of low productivity then you can do something about it.
5. The Future
Question…what are your business goals for the next 5 years?
Some questions this will raise may be:
- How do we ensure our compliance?
- How do we lower our risk?
- How do we maintain our productivity?
- How do we stay across new technology entering our industry?
- How do we ensure we stay across legal requirements regarding qualifications versus legislation?
Training and Assessment Solutions (TAS) is proud to announce the launch of our new website www.tastrainingsolutions.com
TAS is an online and blended training solution designed for both domestic and international businesses.
- Reduced Downtime – TAS offers the ability for reduced off site training for workers thus enabling more value to employers as the ability to complete training online.
- Use our phone applications and tablet applications through our enterprise Learning Management Systems for ease of access anywhere, anytime.
- Up-skilling your workforce – TAS offers the advantage of our diverse construction, building and WHS courses. TAS provides the training and experience in fields such as telecommunications, civil engineering and much more
- Department automated systems providing seamless integration ensuring compliance is ensured.
- Ease of Access – The ability for students to learn online, anytime and from anywhere is a big plus. Gone are the days of having to lose workers for a week while completing courses!
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Back in 1994 Queensland Rugby league legend Shane Webcke’s career and life were put on hold after his dad was killed at work. Today, as Queensland Safety Ambassador, Shane is sharing his story in a new safety video: Playing it safe with Shane Webcke.
QUEENSLAND roads are set to improve: Lendlease has signed an $A630 million contract with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for design and construction works on the $A1.162 billion Gateway Upgrade North project in Queensland.
Read the full story at constructionindustrynews.net
YET another megamine is planned for Queensland’s Galilee Basin – this time a $6.7 billion project back by China’s giant Macmines. The China Stone coalmine would be the latest of six developments worth a combined $50 billion.
View the full story at couriermail.com.au
A robotic, fully-automated machine is being developed in Perth, a world-first that could raise the brick shell of a new home within two days. It can work 24 hours, 365 days — compared to the human variety who can put in anywhere from four to six weeks of backbreaking work for a typical home.
Read the full story at perthnow.com.au