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Mandatory Trades Registration and Licensing

July Update:

As the deadline for Mandatory Registration of Trades looms closer we would like to reassure members what this change may mean for them.
Carpentry trade will be the first trade affected.

If you are subcontracting direct for a builder or are an employee, you will need to apply for registration/licensing.
- The changes is unlikely to commence this year
- The application process is likely to commence mid-2021
- You will have a full year to apply once the scheme has been implemented

Master Builders Victoria is working closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and will be providing updates at our Virtual Trade Events to view the full list of Virtual Trade Events, and to register, click here.

Everything you need to know about Mandatory trade registration and employee licensing

There is a lot of noise in the industry about trade registration and employee licensing, but how much of it can you trust?

What we know for sure, trade (subcontractor) registration and employee licensing is coming into effect. The first trades to be affected by this change will be Carpenters, all other trades will be affected by these new registrations within the next five years. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have provided us this overview of when other trades will be affected.

What we don’t yet know is how this new framework is going to be implemented or exactly when it will be implemented. We are working closely with our members and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), to ensure that when this framework is released in the Regulatory Impact Statement (approx. June 2020) that our members concerns, and feedback have been considered.

Master Builders met with a group of members in February, who volunteered their time to discuss how the framework for mandatory registration of trades and licensing should be introduced. The overarching sentiments from this session was that if trade (subcontractor) registration and employee licensing is to be implemented then it needs to be a clear, simple framework. It needs to be a framework that will increase quality and accountability of trades, increase consumer confidence and incentivise more apprentices to the building industry.  

 Registration of trades and employee licensing will affect everyone in the industry. To ensure you have helped shape the framework for mandatory registration of trades and employee licensing, please complete this survey or email any feedback to policy@mbav.com.au

In addition to the submission that the Master Builders is preparing, DELWP will be holding workshops and are seeking builders wishing to attend. To register your interest in attending a workshop, please email building.policy@delwp.vic.gov.au.

To assist our members, we have prepared a fact sheet that lists the most common questions around trade registration and employee licensing.

Master Builders Victoria is holding information sessions for both members and your subcontractors to assist you through this process of change. These sessions are available for booking on our Events page.

We will continue to keep you informed as further detail regarding mandatory trades registration and licensing becomes available.

For further advice, contact our Building Registration Advisor: (03) 9411 4555.


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