The Queensland Government has introduced new laws which scrap the requirement for new properties to be built with rainwater tanks and energy efficient hot water systems.

State Minister for Housing, Tim Mander, said the changes were effective from the start of February and are expected to reduce the cost of a new home by over $5000.

“Under the old laws people had no choice but to install a rainwater tank, regardless of whether they lived on a large block with extensive gardens and a swimming pool, or lived in a townhouse with one potplant,” Mr Mander said.  

“Under these changes people are free to make decisions based on their own budget and lifestyle.  

“People who want to install rainwater tanks or a particular type of hot water system can still do so. The difference is that the decision is now theirs to make.”  

 Under the new laws, Councils will be able to opt to retain mandatory rainwater tank requirements where they can prove a net benefit to the community.