OverviewBuilding 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.
- 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.
Initial ConsultationHave your say on what building trades should be registered and licensed first
- 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.