Proposed changes to domestic building contracts in Queensland

25 August 2014


The Queensland Government has recently released the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014  (the Bill) which will repeal the Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000 (Qld) (DBC Act).

Domestic building contracts are construction contracts governing “domestic building work”, which includes:

  • the erection and construction of detached dwellings;
  • renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a home; and
  • removal or resiting work for a detached dwelling.

Domestic building contracts do not include:

  1. contracts between building contractors and subcontractors or;
  2. contracts for the construction of 2 or more detached dwellings.

This position will not change under the proposed new legislation.


The Bill will consolidate the statutory regulation of domestic building contracts by inserting a new Schedule 1B (Domestic building contracts) into the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Qld) (QBCC Act), the principal piece of legislation governing building contracts in Queensland.

The Government’s stated intent is to enhance protection for consumers while also reducing excessive red tape associated with domestic building contracts.

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Andrew McCormack

Partner. Brisbane
+61 7 3228 9860