Carpenters to be first trades for new registration and licensing requirements
Master Builders Victoria has long advocated the introduction of domestic trades registration, with the aim of continuing to improve the quality of building and construction in our state. We are pleased that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has announced the introduction of trades registration, to be implemented by September 2020.
The first trades to be subject to the new legislation will be carpenters. It is expected that registration and licensing of other priority trades will be phased in gradually in the coming years. In August we prepared a response to government, given the Building Amendment (Registration of Building Trades and Other Matters) Act 2018 had passed in parliament. A few months ago, Master Builders Victoria contributed feedback to the government as part of Stage 1 – Consultation Period.
We continue to work with DELWP on our concerns regarding the framework for implementation around the definition of the scopes of work covered in both the registration and licence categories. Licensing especially has the potential to increase costs significantly in the industry and must be very carefully considered.
Master Builders Victoria has urged a set of ‘structural’ trades as the most logical starting point for implementation, of which carpentry is one. However, the breadth of scope for the carpentry registration means it will be a highly complex process to implement effectively. Master Builders Victoria is holding information sessions for both members and your subcontractors to assist you through this process of change. Please see below for details.
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.