Chain of responsibility
Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are building products that:
- are not of acceptable quality
- do not meet Australian standards
- are not fit for their intended purpose, or
- contain false or misleading claims.
The presence of NCBPs in Queensland’s building and construction industry puts lives at risk and has financial impacts on manufacturers and industry participants who adhere to legislated standards.
Previously, the responsibility for recognising a building product may not be safe or fit for its intended purpose usually rested with the installer or building certifier.
Now, however, everyone in the building supply chain including designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of building products now have a responsibility to ensure these products are compliant and fit for their intended purpose.
They are also required to do all that it is possible to ensure the safety and suitability of the building product in question, and pass the product information down the chain.
The new laws enhance the powers of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission so that it can take disciplinary action against anyone in the supply chain for offences relating to NCBPs.
- establishes a chain of responsibility, placing duties on building supply chain participants (including designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers) to ensure building products used in Queensland are safe and fit for intended purpose
- expands the compliance and enforcement powers of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), and the responsible minister.
- Last updated:
- 29 November 2019