What is a Flood Resilient Assessments?
Qualified experts in flood resilient engineering and design will visit the property to assess the flood risk and identify opportunities to build resilience.
What is a Flood Resilience Recommendations Report?
Following the Flood Resilient Assessment, participants will receive a report which highlights specific actions, construction techniques and design choices that if undertaken, will help their facility become more resilient to flooding.
I’ve received my Flood Resilience Recommendations Report and am eligible for the Building Program. How do I progress with the Building Program?
Organisations that experienced large-scale impacts from the 2022 Flood event and are particularly at-risk to flooding may be eligible to join the program, by direct invitation only. If you have received a direct email from Brisbane Sustainability Agency inviting your organisation to the Building Program, you will be asked to complete the Building Program Induction Form.
Once you’ve completed the form, Brisbane Sustainability Agency will contact you to organise next steps. Alternatively, you can contact Brisbane Sustainability Agency on 07 3007 7013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss the program.
Will I receive a cash grant for the Building Program?
No, this is not a cash grant. Brisbane Sustainability Agency will oversee the management and supervision of payments to contractors and suppliers for the flood-resilient building works specified in your Flood Resilience Recommendations Report and agreed to in the Works contract documentation. In the unlikely event that the recommended works exceed the capped amount, Brisbane Sustainability Agency will discuss the payment options and requirements with you.
What if I want different works to those recommended in the Recommendations Report and as part of the Building Program?
Strategies outside those recommended in the Flood Resilience Recommendations Report cannot be funded under this program. Please note the Building Program is not a cash grant so works cannot be substituted for payment towards another course of action.
How will the Building Program payments be managed?
Brisbane Sustainability Agency will oversee the management and supervision of payments to contractors and suppliers. Where the recommended works are within the capped amounts, Brisbane Sustainability Agency will manage all payments to contractors.
Can I choose the materials, fixtures and finishes?
Yes, for most materials, within a specified range. Brisbane Sustainability Agency will work with you to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing outcome within the range of flood-resilient options offered through the Rebuild and Recover Flood Resilient Communities Program. Should materials outside the scope of the program be requested by the facility, any gap amount above the expected cost of approved materials will be the responsibility of the facility.
Can I coordinate my own renovations with the delivery of the flood-resilient building works?
Any additional renovations will need to be discussed with Brisbane Sustainability Agency to ensure the timely and coordinated delivery of the flood-resilient building works. Proposed alternative works must be discussed upfront with Brisbane Sustainability Agency and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The priority of the program is to deliver cost-effective and timely flood-resilience improvements to facilities.
I have received an email inviting me to participate in the Building Program, and I am a tradesperson. Can I be paid to undertake the work?
No, to ensure quality and consistency across the program Brisbane Sustainability Agency will oversee the management and supervision of payments to contractors and suppliers for the flood-resilient building works specified in your Flood Resilience Recommendations Report and agreed to in the Works contract documentation.
Can I be reimbursed for building works and modifications I have undertaken myself?
No. The Building Program is not a standalone financial grant. Once a Flood Resilience Assessment is completed, the recommended works outlined in the Flood Resilience Recommendations Report will only be funded through participation in the Building Program. Brisbane Sustainability Agency will procure and deliver some recommended flood-resilient works using accredited tradespeople. This is to ensure the highest quality work is delivered, utilising approved flood-resilient materials and finishes. Any works undertaken independently will not be reimbursed.
What suppliers do the Rebuild and Recover Flood Resilient Communities Program use?
The Rebuild and Recover Flood Resilient Communities Program uses Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) approved and accredited suppliers. These include Master Builders, Master Electricians, Master Plumbers, building certifiers, Registered Professional Engineers of Queensland (RPEQ) engineers and other sub-contractors. The program will also draw on expertise from recognised flood-resilient architects who are registered with the Board of Architects of Queensland (BOAQ).
Will my insurance premiums be reduced by participating?
The Rebuild and Recover Flood Resilient Communities Program has no influence over insurance companies and premiums. Insurance premiums consider a range of factors, one of which is likelihood of flooding. We recommend you contact your insurer, or other insurance companies before undertaking resilience works on your facility, to see if they are open to adjusting premiums based upon proposed flood-resilient works.
Following a flood, can my insurance offer a build back better/flood-resilient option?
Insurance companies are required by the State Government to build back according to the Queensland Building Code. At this stage, the building code has not specifically accounted for the use of flood-resilient materials for buildings in known flood prone areas. However, if you have recently experienced a flood, are in the process of making a claim and wish to rebuild using flood-resilient materials, please contact your insurer to discuss the options available to you.
Are the resilience works covered by a warranty?
Yes. All building works are covered by statutory warranties as required by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. For more information on warranty matters, visit the Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s website (www.qbcc.qld.gov.au) or call 13 93 33.
What is my course of action if I have any concerns with the quality of work delivered?
You can contact Brisbane Sustainability Agency at any time if you have concerns about the quality of the work being delivered and we will endeavour to resolve your concerns as quickly as possible. You can also lodge a complaint either by phone, email or in writing as per the contact details on our website. Your complaint will be acknowledged within two business days and Brisbane Sustainability Agency will investigate and respond to your complaint as soon as possible.