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Do you engage contractors in Queensland?

Contractor compliance is the process of ensuring that as a builder, you have all the required and necessary information from your contractor(s) to ensure that they do not pose a risk to themselves or your business.

Contractor Compliance Checklist

Contractor compliance is the process of ensuring that as a builder, you have all the required and necessary information from your contractor(s) to ensure that they do not pose a risk to themselves or your business. This means obtaining all the correct business information, licenses, insurances, and other legal paperwork and ensuring that this information is up-to-date and accurate.

Why is contractor compliance important?

Good contractor compliance is all about reducing risk to your business. It is all well and good to have your contractor provide you with the necessary information, but often at times this information is expired or inaccurate and therefore, non-compliant.

For example, a contractor may provide you with a copy of the Queensland Building and Construction (‘QBCC’) License number, but in actual fact, they may be unlicensed. This could be because they have failed to pay their renewal fee or are suspended or restricted from certain types of work. Not only would this situation pose risk to the contractor, but as a business, if you do not check the information provided is up-to-date and accurate, your business may be at risk of significant financial and license penalties.

So what should you request from your contractors?

In Queensland, you should be collecting the following information from your contractors:

Business details

ABN and GST registration

You can check an ABN and whether that business is registered for GST at ABN Lookup Register

You may also need to check ASIC Connect if the contractor is a company or trust


Queensland Building and Construction Commission License

White Card (General Construction Induction Card)

High Risk Work License – where applicable

Queensland Electrical Contractor License – where applicable

You can check a contractor’s license at QBCC License Search. You should check the license class, conditions, and/or restrictions on a contractor’s license

You must ensure that you check that the contractor holds this card (or a statement of attainment of the course being completed)

High Risk Work License Check

Qld Electrical License Holder Search


Public Liability Insurance

Personal Accident/Sickness and Income Protection Insurance (covers sole trader contractors)

Workers Compensation Insurance (covers the contractors’ employees)

Consumer Protection Insurance

You can check Certificates of Currency. You should ensure the insurance policy has adequate coverage

This insurance is compulsory for electrical contractors and is usually issued as an endorsement on a Public Liability Insurance policy

Written contract

A contract outlining the terms and conditions of your agreement with your contractor

HIA have Project Trade contracts available where a contractor is engaged for a single project

Alternatively, a Period Trade contract may be suitable where you have an ongoing relationship with a contractor

How can HIA help?

We know that staying on top of contractor compliance can be frustrating and time consuming. That's why we developed the HIA Tradepass contractor management solution.

It is more than an online document storage system – the Tradepass team can assist with collecting and verifying your contractors’ documents, including: 

  • ABN, ACN and GST registration information
  • Information on key safety practices
  • Construction induction white card
  • Industry trade licences and
  • Insurance documents (Public Liability, Workers Compensation, and more).

You can then view all your contractor profiles through your own Tradepass builder dashboard available on desktop or device.

If you would like a Tradepass demo or would like to activate a free trial: 

Contact HIA Tradepass

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