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Amend the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2018 to have painting and decorating removed from the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Nigel Gorman
PO Box 21
SALISBURY QLD 4107

Total Signatures - 831

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 15/10/2019

Closing Date: 11/02/2020

Tabled Date: 18/02/2020

Responded By: Hon Mick de Brenni MP on 19/03/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the excessive cost to homeowners being forced to pay for the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme pursuant to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2018 for a warranty for repairing their homes in the event of faulty workmanship.

The Regulation requires every homeowner to pay up to 6% of the contract price into the Scheme. As an example, where the contract value is $3,300 Inc. GST, the insurance premium would be $206.95.

Prior to the introduction of this legislation the Queensland Building Construction Commission (QBCC), had, and still has, the power to enforce all licensed contractors to rectify any defective work without the homeowner having to contribute to the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme.

The above mentioned regulations have also increased the legislative red tape for small business owners, causing hardship for them while they are often competing against unlicensed contractors as they do not, and are not able, to force the homeowner to contribute to the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme.

Your petitioners, therefore request the House to take all the necessary action to remove painting and decorating of residential properties from the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme, which would require the following amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2018:
1. Section 26 - insert (i) work for painting and decorating of residential properties.
2. Section 27 (a) - omit the example "painting and external wall of a residence or related roof building.