Minister for Housing and Public Works
The Honourable Bruce Flegg
Committees offer a quick resolution to building and development disputes
The motto of the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees of accessibility, affordability and timely service dovetails with the Newman Government’s goals of cutting red tape, the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Bruce Flegg said today.
A training seminar for committee mediators who assist the public with building dispute resolution will be held at the Gold Coast this Thursday 17th May.
“This training seminar is a great opportunity for the Committee’s referees and mediators to gain new skills, be advised of new legislation and industry practices, while also learning how to work effectively together to deliver well-considered and appropriate decisions for members of the public.
“I am delighted to note that the Committees offer a quick remedy to building, plumbing and development matters with a decision turn around time of approximately five weeks.
“The Committees are made up of experts from a variety of fields including planners, building certifiers, engineers, architects, plumbers and lawyers who bring enormous value and benefit to the building industry,” he said.
The Committees were established under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. It had its jurisdiction expanded to hear a wider range of appeals and make declarations.
The Committees resolve disputes relating to the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002, the Building Act 1975 and the Queensland Development and Plumbing and Wastewater Codes which are administered by Building Codes Queensland.
“Through Building Codes Queensland, the Department of Housing and Public Works oversees the state’s building and plumbing policy, ensuring high quality and cost-effective building and plumbing codes,” Dr Flegg said.