This is a warning issued by the Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to the public under section 20J(1)(i) of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act).
The QBCC has recently become aware of what appears to be excessively high prices charged by businesses offering professional advice to building owners and voluntary committees of management seeking to comply with the Queensland Safer Buildings Audit (combustible cladding checklist).
The QBCC has been contacted by multiple building owners and representatives of voluntary committees of management who have expressed dismay at paying substantial fees to build industry professionals to complete Part 1 of this Audit.
Part 1 of the Audit has been designed to be straight forward so that owners had the choice to complete the first part of the Audit without incurring any expense.
The QBCC has heard from concerned building owners and voluntary committees of management who are now participating in Part 2 of the Audit and are receiving excessively high quotes to complete this stage.
The QBCC is aware that some owners are receiving quotes from building industry professionals for the completion of Part 2 of the Audit which is remarkably divergent. For example, some quotes are more than 160 percent of other quotes for the same service.
The QBCC is urging building owners and voluntary committees of management to seek multiple quotes to find the best possible adviser to complete Part 2 of the Audit.
If you are in doubt about your obligations in relation to the Safer Buildings Audit please see www.saferbuildings.qld.gov.au