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QUEENSLAND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION ACT 1991 - SECT 42

Unlawful carrying out of building work

42 Unlawful carrying out of building work

(1) Unless exempt under schedule 1A , a person must not carry out, or undertake to carry out, building work unless the person holds a contractor’s licence of the appropriate class under this Act.
Penalty—
Maximum penalty—
(a) for a first offence—250 penalty units; or
(b) for a second offence—300 penalty units; or
(c) for a third or later offence, or if the building work carried out is tier 1 defective work—350 penalty units or 1 year’s imprisonment.
(2) An individual who contravenes subsection (1) and is liable to a maximum penalty of 350 penalty units or 1 year’s imprisonment, commits a crime.
(3) Subject to subsection (4) , a person who carries out building work in contravention of this section is not entitled to any monetary or other consideration for doing so.
(4) A person is not stopped under subsection (3) from claiming reasonable remuneration for carrying out building work, but only if the amount claimed—
(a) is not more than the amount paid by the person in supplying materials and labour for carrying out the building work; and
(b) does not include allowance for any of the following—
(i) the supply of the person’s own labour;
(ii) the making of a profit by the person for carrying out the building work;
(iii) costs incurred by the person in supplying materials and labour if, in the circumstances, the costs were not reasonably incurred; and
(c) is not more than any amount agreed to, or purportedly agreed to, as the price for carrying out the building work; and
(d) does not include any amount paid by the person that may fairly be characterised as being, in substance, an amount paid for the person’s own direct or indirect benefit.



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