Developer licensing scheme in the pipeline

05 December 2019

Dodgy developers in the local construction industry are officially on notice today with the ACT Government having confirmed a commitment to create and implement a property developer licensing scheme.

The announcement comes following extensive reforms in the local building and construction sector designed to lift the quality and accountability in the industry. Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said that accountability for the quality of buildings in the ACT needed to be shared throughout the supply chain.

“We have seen too many instances of property developers forcing builders to cut corners and save on costs, only to eventually wind up projects and leave owners with the bill,” Minister Ramsay said.

“We have been delivering a range of reforms in over the last year that clearly signal our commitment to improve the quality of our buildings and practices in our building industry.” This next stage of work will focus on clarifying what constitutes a developer for licensing purposes and making sure that developers involved in multi-residential developments are accountable for the quality of their builds.

“A new scheme to license developers will further this commitment and put those in the industry doing the wrong thing on notice,” Minister Ramsay said.

“This work will make sure all involved in our building industry are accountable and working to provide Canberrans with high quality homes. “The Government will now commence an extended consultation period with the community and industry to determine the best way forward on creating an effective licensing scheme.

“This consultation will examine issues such as contracting for the sale of off the plan units, the practice of phoenixing between builders and developers and security of payment for workers and subcontractors.

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