Initial consultation has closed. Thank you to all who provided submissions.
It is important that the new registration and licensing schemes are introduced with as little disruption to industry as possible.
Your input is sought to help identify appropriate criteria to select priority areas of building work, and compile a complete list of building trades to apply this criteria to.
As part of this consultation stage, we also seek your views on:
- the scope of work each trade performs
- how each trade is generally engaged (i.e. employed, contracted, sub-contracted or a combination)
- the acceptable minimum level of competency – training and practical experience – which should be required for each trade for registration and licensing.
Download the consultation paper for more details, including key stages and timing
Please provide your feedback by completing the survey below or download our consultation document and upload your submission below.
Submission deadline: Close of business, Friday, 9 August, 2019.
Building trades play an important role in the building industry.
Recent amendments were made to the Building Act 1993 to provide for the registration and licensing of practitioners who carry out these trades. Certain building work will require registration or a licence to perform.
To have effect, the new framework will require regulations to be made. The Victorian Government is currently developing these regulations, which will specify what building work can only be carried out by a registered trade contractor or subconstractor, or licensed employee (prescribed work), who will need to be registered and licensed, and the requirements for registration and licensing.
The objectives of the regulations are to deliver:
- greater individual accountability for non-compliant building work through the application of appropriate disciplinary processes to building trades;
- confidence that people who carry out or perform prescribed work have adequate qualifications, skills and experience to do so;
- incentives for improved skills formation in the building industry (including completion of apprenticeships);
- consistency between the approach taken to trade contractors and building trade employees;
- a reduction in the incidence of non-compliant building work; and
- a staged approach to transition to registration and licensing.
Not all building trades will be required to be registered or licensed under the new framework at once. Certain types of building work will be identified as priority areas which will need to be registered or licensed first. Other areas of building work will be considered for prescription in later transition stages.
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