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Domestic Builder Manager update

July 13, 2020

The VBA publishes on its website details of disciplinary action against building practitioners. A recent decision highlights the significant restrictions on the Domestic Builder Managers (DB-M) and the risks of not complying with these restrictions. The main restriction imposed on a DB-M is the requirement to only arrange for registered building practitioners to work on building sites where the DB-M is involved as the building practitioner.

A DB-M who arranged for building work to be carried out by unregistered domestic builders has been reprimanded, required to pay penalties of $28,000, and undertake further training.  They are now also required to submit a statutory declaration confirming the details of all registered builders for each and every component of domestic building work on every site.  The DB-M was also found to have contravened the Building Act by not ensuring a building permit had been issued, contravened the Domestic Building Contracts Act by not documenting variations and charging non-compliant progress payments, and contravened the Building Regulations by not performing building work in a competent manner and to a professional standard.

If members need assistance with this issue they can contact HIA Workplace Services on 1300 650 620.