Media Release: Peak Plumbing Industry Body Welcomes Announcement of New Queensland Building Plan
The announcement, made by the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni MP, was attended by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) Executive Director, Penny Cornah and President, Kelvin Slade, along with a number of MPAQ members.
As part of the historic reform, new laws will be introduced involving a suite of measures to ensure security of payment for subcontractors, including project bank accounts.
As the peak industry body representing over 1,300 plumbing businesses throughout Queensland, equating to around 4,000 plumbing professionals, MPAQ is in constant discussions with business owners and subcontractors regarding the difficulties they face in securing payment for the work they do.
MPAQ Executive Director, Penny Cornah said she welcomes the announcement of the Building Plan as it includes a number of reforms that are essential for our industry.
“Security of Payments will be the greatest reform for the building and construction industry of our generation and it will help to ensure that these plumbing professionals get paid on time and in full.”
“There is not a single plumber in this state that has not experienced non payment or delayed payments; it’s utterly impossible to overstate it,” she said.
The Premier said that her Government’s action on security of payment for subcontractors would set Queensland up for long term growth.
“The evidence is in, and it shows that all Queenslanders will benefit from making sure people get paid in-full, on-time and every time.”
The Premier said project bank accounts will provide security and confidence to the 69,000 small subcontracting businesses around the State.
“Too many people are suffering. Too many families have been torn apart because of this issue,” the Premier said.
Minister de Brenni said project bank accounts are the centrepiece of the suite of measure that will make sure subbies aren’t left out in the cold.
“From 1 January 2019, every construction project over $1 million will be required to operate a project bank account.”
MPAQ look forward to reviewing the discussion papers in more detail and attending the consultation sessions across the state.
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