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Registration and Licensing of Trades Delayed to 2022 – Victoria

September 17, 2020

HIA has received confirmation today from the Victorian Government that the commencement date for the registration and licencing of carpenters has been delayed until the start of 2022 due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and draft regulations for the new carpentry trades registration and licensing scheme are now expected to be released in the first quarter of 2021 for public consultation.

The Government advises this postponement will also provide more time for adequate consultation with stakeholders on the options that will be included in the RIS and on the draft regulations.

This is good news for our industry.

HIA had called for these reforms to be delayed for at least 12 months given the current business environment. Our members are managing the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and their ability to engage and to adopt future reforms is extremely limited in this type of working environment.

In seeking this extension, HIA also recognises that many trades are likely to be without work in the coming months and some may not return to the industry after restrictions ease.

HIA supports the delay in the commencement of this reform. It provides members with some comfort and certainty that this change will not be introduced through these unprecedented times.

HIA has opposed many aspects of this reform – particularly the licensing/registration of trade contractors who work exclusively for head contractors/builders. HIA has provided a number of options to the Government that we believe would more appropriately address trades who work for builders.

HIA does support the licensing/registration in certain circumstances such as:

  • builders undertaking building work as head contractors;
  • trade contractors undertaking high risk work such as electrical, plumbing or gas fitting work; and
  • trade contractors who contract directly with consumers, subject to a reasonable monetary threshold.

It appears that the Government’s website is still being updated, but click here for updates on the reforms.

We will provide more information as it becomes available. At this stage the delay appears to apply to carpentry only – which was the first trade in the governement’s reform to require registration and licensing.

Contact a HIA Workplace Adviser

1300 650 620

or email vic_enquiry@hia.com.au