More resources to tackle building quality

12 June 2019

The ACT Government is cracking down on dodgy developers and builders by investing in more inspectors to visit building sites, additional resourcing to administer tougher licencing requirements and better education and engagement for the community and industry.

Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said the ACT Government was committed to improving building quality and raising standards within the industry to ensure that homes built today are comfortable, safe and liveable into the future.

“Our community rightly expects that building work is of a high standard and new homes are built to stand the test of time,” he said.

“So we are investing in a range of initiatives to ensure local builders have the skills and knowledge to build to a high standard and are fully compliant with building laws and regulations.”

“Our message is: if you want to build in Canberra, you must deliver high quality work. Going forward there will be no place for builders and developers who do things on the cheap and leave Canberra homeowners with the bill.”

This new investment, which will be delivered in the upcoming ACT Budget, will deliver:

This $8.9 million investment will be offset through an increase in the annual Builder Levy of 0.1% and builder license application fees.

“I anticipate this new investment will be welcomed by industry who, through my discussions, have shared the government’s drive to raise standards and professionalism.

“We are setting the standard when it comes to regulatory and policy reform to support building quality. This ongoing investment will strengthen the work of Canberra’s building regulator where it matters,” Minister Ramsay said.

Quick facts:

Rapid regulatory response team (RRRT)

Tougher builders’ licensing

Informed industry and empowered community




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