A special taskforce is now calling on submissions to expose building industry rip-off across Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk established the team of special investigators to conduct forensic examinations of the circumstances surrounding the failure of multiple major construction companies.
More than 50 companies collapsed in the last six years, which has left thousands of sub-contractors out of pocket and millions of dollars owed to creditors.
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Premier Palaszczuk says that any individual who has engaged in illegal, fraudulent activity to rob subbies of their hard-earned money should be very worried.
“Every tradie deserves confidence they will be paid in full, on time, every time for the work they perform.
“As soon as the taskforce team collects enough evidence to support criminal charges, they will immediately refer the matter to the relevant prosecuting authorities.
“And any tradie who has been ripped off, those who have seen their businesses and families suffer from illegal and downright immoral conduct … well, they deserve justice,” Premier Palaszczuk.
Information guidelines have reportedly been created to assist people with the process of reporting.
The taskforce is accepting submissions through a secure online portal, via email, post and face-to-face interview.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni says they will endeavour to make the reporting process accessible, so that they can acquire as many submissions as possible.
“Investigators will travel to Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba, and also meet with people in Brisbane, so as many people as possible will have an opportunity to engage with the Taskforce in person.
“In the meantime, we will continue to roll out our landmark building industry fairness reforms that are protecting and supporting tradies across the State.
“These include new mandatory financial reporting requirements that give the industry regulator a direct line of sight to companies that may be in trouble.
“Importantly, if a company tries to mislead the regulator, they will face significant penalties which include licence suspensions, fines and even jail.”
Submissions will be accepted until 5pm Friday May 17.
A final report and recommendations due to State Government by June 30.
For more information or instructions on making a submission to the Taskforce, click here.
If you are currently experiencing non-payment for work completed, please contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission via www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or phone 139 333.