Notify QLeave of new work

What is included in the cost of work?

The cost of work is the total of all costs (excluding GST) that relate directly and indirectly to building and construction work. When notifying the cost of work to QLeave you should include the following costs:

  • labour
  • materials (including materials supplied by the owner)
  • any fixtures, plant and equipment installed in the building
  • design, project management and consultancy fees

Fees incurred in preparing environmental impact statements and feasibility studies should be included in the cost of work, but may then be claimed as an exemption.

The cost of work determines the levy payable for each project, so it’s important you include all goods, materials, supplies and services whether sourced from within Queensland, interstate or overseas, to be used for work in Queensland.

As the work must be notified prior to a development permit being issued (or before the work starts), the notification must include an estimate of the cost of work. At the conclusion of the project we will request a finalised cost of work. Significant variances between the notified and finalised cost of work will result in an adjustment invoice, or refund provided by us.

Remember your indirect costs

The cost of work you notify to QLeave should include both the direct and indirect costs.

In many projects there are indirect costs incurred prior to notification that should be included, but are often left out. These may include site cleaning, town planning and fees for design, project management, engineers and quantity surveyors.

For major projects these costs can be incurred years before a builder is appointed and work begins. However, they’re still required in the total cost of work, together with the direct and indirect construction costs.

You can submit a changes to the cost of work form if you identify costs that were not included on your original notification.

If your project is running behind schedule, remember to notify us of your revised project end date.