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Better protection for building owners in ACT

27 October 2019 Lyall Russell
Construction

Company directors will be liable for shoddy building work under new ACT law.

The change will give building owners better protection from dodgy builders and developers, and a new law will prevent them from undermining the system, Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said.

“There have been instances where building corporations have produced substandard buildings, and when called to account, they have closed their business to leave the cost of rectification to the building owners,” he said.

The territory has strengthened its regulatory regime with new powers to allow rectification orders to be issued to directors and make them liable for unpaid financial penalties.

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“New provisions will also provide greater safeguards for the community by allowing the Construction Occupations Registrar to publish information about stop notices if necessary or desirable to protect the public,” Mr Ramsay said.

“These changes are important for the ACT and further support the range of building regulatory reforms already introduced by the ACT government to improve practices across the building industry.”

Other amendments in the bill include:

  • Powers for building inspectors to direct builders and landowners about non-compliant building work
  • Provisions that allow people to enter into enforceable actions to rectify work
  • Precise requirements for licensed corporations to have an effective system of management
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