Hotondo boss has doubts on state’s building services reform
GYMPIE Hotondo Homes owner Chris Dodt is apprehensive about the Queensland Government's 10 Point Action Plan to reform the Queensland Building Services Authority.
The reform plan follows a Government Parliamentary Inquiry into the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA).
Key themes underlined by the action plan include dispute resolution, the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme, licensing, certification of building work, consumer awareness and industry training, and the role, structure and governance of the QBSA.
Mr Dodt said any changes to the QBSA, now known as the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) under the reforms, would need careful consideration.
"The current system we have in Queensland is the envy of builders all over this nation," he said.
"Successful builders not only in Queensland but interstate have spoken about what a great system we have and their message is clear - we shouldn't let it go.
Mr Dodt said no system was perfect but worried needless changes would be detrimental.
"I think what we have is a good system and if it isn't broken, don't fix it," he said.
Despite clear concerns, the Gympie Hotondo Homes owner said there was sense in minor adjustments, provided consultation continued to take place.
"Licensing should be checked out because to keep things fair, but I wouldn't want to see it harder for those who should have a licence and easier for those who shouldn't," Mr Dodt said.
"I also think improving education within the building fraternity is a good thing."
On the issue of private certifiers, Mr Dodt said there was a clear need for them.
"In many cases they are very good and help streamline the building process," he said.
Presently, plumbing certification can only be carried out by local government, but the Hotondo Homes owner would like that arrangement to change.
"I would like plumbing to be able to be privately certified," he said. "It's a more streamlined approach."
Another plank in the reforms is to develop improved education and training processes for home owners and consumers.
Mr Dodt said public perception of the building industry was being warped by reality television series such as The Block and House Rules.
"These shows are far from the truth," he said.
"It makes average Joe think there's nothing in a big-scale renovation or painting that wall - that these things happen overnight."
From his own contacts in the industry, Mr Dodt said there were big build teams behind the scenes helping the renovations power along.
"Public education (about the industry) is a good thing so there is better understanding," Mr Dodt said of the reforms.