Builders’ licences to be opened up to the public

Photos by Silas Brown

Photos by Silas Brown

CANBERRANS planning to build will have the chance to look up the licence history of their prospective builders after new laws passed the Legislative Assembly today.

Planning Minister Simon Corbell welcomed the passage of the Construction and Energy Efficiency Legislation Amendment Bill.

“The legislation creates a public register of licence information that will be published and updated weekly on the construction regulator’s website,” Simon said.

“Information will include conditions, suspensions, cancellations and other disciplinary actions that may apply to a licensee. These amendments are supported by feedback from extensive public and industry consultation on building quality and the review of the Building Act.

“New laws will improve consumer protection and help level the playing field for construction practitioners doing the right thing.

“The existing databases holding licensee information will be modified to establish the public register over the next few months.”

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One Response to “Builders’ licences to be opened up to the public”

  1. Chris
    April 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    But will the government get rid of the exemption to the requirement for builders to have defect insurance, once a building is over 3 storeys? Buying an apartment in any such a building must be a worry as demonstrated on the recent ABC News series. The next good move would be to get rid of builders employing their own building certifiers. We need independant government inspectors, as the ACT used to have.

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