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Builders beware: licensing changes are coming as of 1 July 2020

Do you know your stuff? Builders in SA soon to be required to demonstrate skills, complete training and show insurance eligibility to keep their licence.

Consumer and Business Services has recently confirmed that, as of 1 July 2020, amendments to the business criteria and financial requirements for holding a South Australian building work contractor’s licence under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995 (SA) will be enforced.

The amendments will provide for:

  1. new building skills requirements, pursuant to new licensing rules;
  2. the requirement for licence applicants to complete training in relation to costing, construction planning, contract administration and dispute resolution; and
  3. the need for builders to produce a “certificate of eligibility” in regard to indemnity insurance.

The Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Dini Soulio, said that these amendments are being made because domestic builders have been seen to be overextending themselves, thereby creating the potential for “dire consequences” such as the recent spate of insolvencies in the industry. The amendments aim to assist builders to gain a better understanding of their financial position, as well as the ability to realistically assess the amount of work they are able to take on.

Domestic builders applying for a new licence should be aware of the implementation of these changes as of 1 July 2020 because they will need to comply with the new regime. Current licensees may also need to comply with the new requirements where they seek to expand or change the conditions of an existing licence.

For more information or specific advice regarding your construction business, please contact Matthew Hawke or any member of our Building, Construction & Infrastructure Team.


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