AIB Praises Moves to Licence Commercial Builders in NSW

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today welcomed the NSW Government’s consultation summary paper on the licensing of commercial builders in NSW, and stated that they are fully supportive of moves to make it mandatory for commercial builders to be licensed in NSW.”The licensing of commercial builders in NSW is long overdue”, said Mr Chris Bulmer, AIB NSW Chapter President.

“Apart from the Northern Territory we are the only jurisdiction in Australia not to do so, and it is a nonsensical situation whereby you need a builders’ licence to do an extension on a house, but no licence is currently needed to build a 50 storey office block in NSW.”

“AIB was created to raise educational and professional standards in the building and construction industry, and these reforms would definitely help to raise standards.”

“Builders’ licensing has a clear positive effect for the community. Public safety depends on construction which is of high quality, structurally sound and meets all federal, state and local regulation. In addition, there needs to be surety of clients’ financial investment, whether it be for a family home or a commercial concern”

“We commend the work of Bruce Collins QC for his work with the Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency in NSW, and we were glad of the opportunity to lodge a submission and give evidence to that inquiry, from which these proposals have emanated.”

“We also support the process of national occupational licensing, and the work of IPART into licensing in NSW.”

“AIB advocates that the NSW Government acknowledge and accept proven industry instruments, such as the National Building Professionals Register (NBPR), as a means of evidencing a license applicant’s experience and qualifications.”

“Further, proven industry and academic instruments such as those degrees accredited by the AIB should also be seen as fulfilling the educational criteria for builders’ licensing”, Mr Bulmer added.