{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Economic research & forecasting Economics Housing outlook Tailored market research Economic reports & data Inspiring Australia's building professionals Business & digital Products & innovation Projects HOUSING Online The only place to get your industry news Media releases Member alerts Submissions See all
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host a HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder & manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies & tool insurance Planning & safety solutions Building & planning services How can safety solutions help you? Independent site inspections Solutions for your business Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HIA SafeScan Advertise jobs Trusted support & guidance Contracts & compliance support Professional services Industrial relations Member savings Toyota vehicles Fuel savings Handy pay See all
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials & products Concrete, bricks & walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes See all
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Frequently asked questions Study with us Find a course to suit you Qualification courses Learning on demand A job in the industry Get your builder's licence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Find jobs
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Mates rates Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Our initiatives HIA Building Women GreenSmart Kitchen, bathroom and design hub Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Support for you Charitable Foundation Mental health program
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Awards program People & Business Awards GreenSmart Australian Housing Awards Awards winners Regional Award winners Australian Housing Award winners 2023 Australian Home of the Year Enter online Industry events Events in the next month Economic outlook National Conference Events calendar
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping & delivery Purchasing T&Cs See all Products Purchase NCC 2022 Building codes & standards Economic reports Hard copy contracts Guides & manuals
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faTimes
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Address
Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

Take a practical approach to trade contractors

Take a practical approach to trade contractors

The current reforms to register and license building trades will see most, if not all, workers at building sites require some form of government approval to be allowed to work.

This broad-brush approach to managing trade contractors is unlikely to achieve the objectives of the reforms. More concerningly, this approach is likely to drive experienced practitioners out of the industry and reduce a workforce operating under extreme pressure already.

The registration and licensing of trades reform was first announced in July 2018 with legislation passed in September 2018. Amendments to the original legislation were passed in October 2021. While the 2021 amendments addressed some of industry’s concerns, several aspects of the reforms remain a concern.

Trades who work directly for consumers over a reasonable monetary threshold, or in high-risk environments, including electrical and plumbing, should require registration. This would provide security for consumers, ensure those undertaking high risk work are appropriately skilled, and reduce the extent to which parties are exposed to excessive financial risks.

However, it is unnecessary to require individual trades to be registered when they provide services to registered builders. Under existing building laws the registered builder is responsible for ensuring that work adheres to regulatory requirements, and meets the contractual obligation to the consumer. The builder is also responsible for rectifying any non-compliant work on their projects. The existing builder registration arrangements and regulatory frameworks already manage these risks – the registration and licensing reforms will not change this obligation on builders, whilst increasing the regulatory requirement on trade contractors and their employees.

Government proposals to make all trades who work as employees of a registered builder or trade contractor gain a license should be abandoned. The responsibility for all work they undertake again already lies with the builder.

 

HIA calls on an incoming government to

 

Retain existing consumer protection legislation requiring trades to be registered where they work and contract directly with a consumer or carry out high-risk trades

Repeal the legislation providing for the registration of trade contractors working solely for builders

Repeal the proposed licensing of employees of builders and trade contractors.