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Options Paper on Registration and Licensing of Carpenters Released - Vic

March 05, 2020

An Options Paper has been released providing the first insights about how the Government plans to register and license carpenters. 

The Options Paper is an important opportunity for industry to have its say about how carpenters will be required to meet these new requirements. 

The Government has passed legislation to require all subcontractors to be registered and any employees of builders and subcontractors to be licensed. Carpenters will be the first group to be included. This is the first step towards the drafting the regulations to specify how the scheme might work. 

What is proposed in the Options Paper?

The paper identifies 4 options for the registration of subcontractor carpenters and 3 options for the licensing of employee carpenters. 

The four proposed options being considered for registration of subcontractor carpenters are:

  1. All carpenters would require registration aligning with existing DB-L classes;
  2. Introduction of a new class of subcontractor carpenter with less onerous registration requirements who would generally work for builders and not be able to enter into a contract with a consumer;
  3. Introduction of a new range of registration classes for carpenters with no distinction between domestic or commercial carpenters  - allowing a wider range of work to be undertaken by a subcontractor;
  4. Register some carpenters only – for high risk work - such as structural carpentry eg framing, formwork etc.

The three proposed options being considered for licensing of employee carpenters are:

  1. All employee carpenters would require licensing aligning with existing DB-L classes;
  2. Introduction of a new range of licenced employee classes with no distinction between domestic or commercial allowing a wider range of work to be undertaken by an employee carpenter;
  3. Licence some carpenters only – for high risk work - such as structural carpentry eg framing, formwork etc.

The key issues for feedback are:

  1. The requirements for subcontractors and employee carpenters need to be the same “so as not to create incentives for the replacement of employees by subcontractors”;
  2. Both subcontractors and employee carpenters bear the cost of rectifying poor workmanship; 
  3. Most options anticipate that all carpenters will require registration or a licence - only one option is available for some carpenters to require a registration or a license  - eg high risk or structural carpentry;
  4. Some options recognise that many subcontractors will only ever work for builders and should therefore have less onerous requirements;
  5. Proposed exemptions for those carpenters in supervised work and low risk exemptions which may be the exemption to allow for labourers and other unskilled workers to continue working without registration or a licence.

Read the Options Paper

HIA will be responding on behalf of members by the 1 April deadline.  Members are encouraged to also make their own submissions and provide HIA with your views via email address k.ryan@hia.com.au or for more information about this matter contact a HIA workplace services advisor on 1300 650 620.