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.