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Domestic Builder Manager (DB-M) registration to expire

March 10, 2020

HIA wants to remind members who hold a Domestic Builder Manager registration (DB-M) that their building registration only remains valid until 30 June 2022. From this date, DB-Ms will be removed as a class of practitioner.

Building practitioners who are registered as a DB-M may obtain building permits however must only engage registered builders to work on their building sites. DB-Ms cannot engage unregistered builders as subcontractors or employees. Members should be mindful that when the registration and licensing of trade reforms commence, likely in 2021,  all registered building practitioners including Domestic Builders Unlimited (DB-U) must use either registered or licensed trades if the trade is prescribed. The HIA confirms that the first trade to be prescribed is carpentry.  This means that from sometime in 2021 registered builders, whether a DB-Us or DB-M, will need to use regulated carpenters.  A DB-U, but not a DB-M, will be able to use licensed carpenters.  There may be a shortage of registered carpenters and this suggests that DB-Ms will have higher labour costs when this reform commences.

If you are currently registered as a DB-M and wish to remain trading as a building practitioner who may obtain building permits and enter into contracts with clients, you will need to consider an alternative registration such as a DB-U before 30 June 2022. The application process for registration can take many months and further delays are likely due to the registration and licensing of trades reforms. The need to only use registered carpenters as opposed to licensed carpenters will also have a major impact on the viability of building businesses relying on a DB-M registration.  It is therefore recommended that DB-Ms seeking to become a DB-U commence their application as soon as possible. 

If you have any queries about this matter contact a Workplace Adviser on 1300 650 620.