The timeline below provides summaries of relevant legislative changes that impact Queensland’s community living.
2022 deadline for Queensland’s smoke alarms: Are you up to speed with smoke alarms?
The Queensland Government ushered in new smoke alarm laws as of 1 January 2017, to reduce the incidences of people not waking in time to escape fires. The new legislation stipulates that leased or sold properties in Queensland must now be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms on each level, bedroom, and hallway that connects bedrooms by 2022 (with homeowners having until 2027).
May 2020: COVID-19 legislative changes to help owners and committees
The Queensland Parliament has passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020 and the Justice and Other Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Amendment Bill.
The bills provide various safeguards to mitigate the broad-ranging impact of COVID-19 on the economy and members of the community. The Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management has also provided specific Covid-19 related updates for Queensland.
14 April 2022: Queensland receives new Body Corporate and Community Management Commissioner
Michelle Scott, who was formerly Director, Land Tax Division, of the Office of State Revenue for the Queensland Treasury, has officially stepped into the role of Queensland’s Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management.
Jane Wilson has been holding the role as Acting-Commissioner since Commissioner Chris Irons retired in mid-January after holding the role for five years. Ms Wilson has now returned to her role as Manager, Conciliation Services, at the Cody Corporate and Community Management Office.
Ms Scott started her new role on 14 April 2020, and BCS look forward to continuing our relationship with her and the Office.
2020 National Construction Code update: Regulation Impact Statement for decision
Changes that were made to the National Construction Code in 2018 are starting to come to fruition in 2019-20 for many of Brisbane’s older apartments, putting owners under financial pressure. The code-change, which says fire systems in Class 2 and 3 residential buildings – which are buildings with four or more stories, but less than 25 – are required to install new fire hydrant systems and pumps. The code-change was enforced to give firefighters enough water pressure to operate hoses. However, the code can now fine properties that haven’t made the appropriate changes non-compliant and therefore, uninsured. The new change has left some body corporates and owners feeling the sting of special levies, as hefty fees are required to fund the new pipe and pump infrastructure. Read more about the National Construction Code here or read more about its impacts on Queensland residents here.
31 October 2019: Stage 3 cladding compliance deadline
To ensure body corporates have the necessary time to complete cladding and fire-safety inspection, the Queensland government has extended the deadline for Part 3A of cladding compliance. This means body corporates should engage a qualified fire engineer to conduct a fire-safety assessment and register their details on the combustible cladding checklist online by 31 October 2019 instead of the original deadline of 27 August 2019. Part 3B requires completing the building fire safety risk assessment, the fire engineer statement and the combustible cladding checklist by 3 May 2021.
30 October 2019: Body Corporate and Community Management Regulation 2019
The Queensland government has released draft versions of the final five modules of the Body Corporate and Community Management Regulation 2019. The new modules have reforms to help streamline and modernise body corporate procedures, reduce body corporate costs, and improve protection for lot owners. If you want to have your say, submissions are due 5pm, 30 October.
31 July 2019: Stage two cladding compliance deadline
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has identified 4300 buildings in QLD with potential cladding threat. If your building is among these, you should make sure to complete stage two of the compliance process by 31 July 2019. Stage two compliance means you should engage licensed professional such as an engineer or architect to assess the threat and register your details along with the completed combustible cladding checklist on the ‘Safer Buildings’ website. The two-month extension from the original deadline of 29 May 2019 allows bodies corporate some more time to complete their cladding compliance.
3 May 2019: Amendments to standard plumbing and drainage regulation 2019
Queensland government has amended the standard plumbing and drainage regulation 2019 which is effective from 3 May 2019. If your body corporate is planning to undertake scheduled maintenance or repair work, they should make sure to be complaint with the legislation and new regulations.
1 May 2019: Requirements for fire sprinklers in class 2 & 3 buildings to ensure fire safety and compliance
Effective from 1 May 2019, the NCC 2019 was adopted by all Australian states and territories. It covers topics across fire safety, energy efficiency and sustainability, plumbing requirements and acceptable construction practices (ACPs) among others. If your building is using a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) pathway for compliance, you should ensure a fire sprinkler system is in place. As part of these requirements, two new types of fire sprinkler systems have been introduced. You can also avail concessions for additional fire safety features afforded by these fire sprinkler systems.
22 April 2019: Amendments to state regulations around Tennis court maintenance and repair
Does your body corporate have a tennis court or another sporting court? Effective from the 22 April this year, there have been amendments within the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) namely the Structural Landscaping Licences Amendment Regulation 2019 which may impact you.
29 March 2019: Stage one of the cladding compliance deadline
In response to the cladding crisis, the Queensland government has imposed a three part compliance process. Stage 1 requires buildings to be registered and for building owners to complete the combustible cladding checklist by 29 March 2019.