The answer is yes. However, there a several different warranties that may cover your new home, each covering different things and for a different period.

The below information sourced from Queensland Building and Construction Commission:

Non-structural Defective Work – As a contractor, you may provide a 6- or 12-month statutory warranty from the date of practical completion for non-structural defects. Typically, this is part of the contract conditions for new home construction.


Home warranty insurance explained

Most residential building work done in Queensland valued over $3,300 (including labour and materials) must have home warranty insurance.

As part of the building process, the builder pays a premium to us to insure the construction. The amount is included as part of your contract and is paid before work begins.

It may protect you where:

  • a licensed builder does not complete the contracted residential construction work and you have terminated the contract
  • the contractor fails to rectify defective work
  • the building suffers from subsidence or settlement.

If we pay out on a claim, we pursue the builder to recover the claim amount.

Assistance under Queensland Home Warranty Scheme

Should your complaint involve residential construction work and is not able to be satisfactorily resolved through QBCC’s dispute resolution process, your application will be assessed as to whether you may be eligible for assistance under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme. You are not required to lodge a separate form for this to occur.

Please note the following strict time limits apply for some claims:

  • For structural defects you must lodge a complaint form within 3 months of noticing the defect
  • For non-structural defects you must lodge this complaint form within 7 months of the completion date