Principal Contractors

A Principal Contractor is defined under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011(s293) as:

(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking that commissions building and construction work, is the principal contractor for the building and construction work.
(2) If the person engages another person conducting a business or undertaking as principal contractor for the building and construction work and authorises the person to have management or control of the workplace and to discharge the duties of a principal contractor, the person so engaged is the principal contractor for the building and construction work.
(3) If the owner of residential premises is an individual who directly or indirectly engages a person conducting a business or undertaking to undertake building and construction work in relation to the premises, the person so engaged is the principal contractor for the building and construction work if the person has management or control of the workplace.

For further information relating to the appointment of a Principal Contractor, please contact Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on 1300 362 128.

Last modified: November 2016