Between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2019, in total 56 regulatory compliance inspections were carried out and 3,209 items of regulatory requirements were inspected. Of these 3,037 or 95% were found to be compliant. The top ten items of non-compliance that require improvement are listed in Table 1 below:
Table 1: Top ten items of regulatory compliance that require improvement
|Main reasons for non-compliance identified
|Registration number shown in advertising
||No Building Contractor registration number shown on
multiple forms of published advertising e.g. TV, radio, website and vehicles.
|Construction site signage
- No Building Service Contractor registration number contained on sign.
- No nominated supervisor name or his/her registration number contained on sign.
- No contact telephone number for the Building Service Contractor contained on sign.
|Lump sum building contract - variations must be document
||Not in writing, dated, costed and signed by both parties.
|Lump sum building contract - copy of signed variations must be provided to owner
||Copy of signed variations not provided to the owner.
|Home indemnity insurance
||Deposit demanded prior to a copy of the home indemnity insurance certificate being furnished to the owner.
|Lump sum building contract - contains all terms, is dated and is signed by all parties to the contract
||Contracts not containing all terms and conditions e.g. specifications, addenda and working drawings not sufficiently referenced to the contract.
|Lump sum building contract - copy of the signed contract must be provided to owner prior to work commencing
||Signed copy not provided to the owner within a reasonable time and before the work commenced.
|Lump sum building contract - Prescribed Notice provided to owner before contracted signed
||Notice to the Home Owner not evidenced as provided to the owner prior to signing the contract.
|Lump sum building contract - genuine progress payments
||Schedule of progress payments within the contract identified as non-genuine i.e. payments not estimated for work already performed or services already supplied to site.
|Building Construction Industry Training Fund - amendment must be paid if the final value varied over $25,000
||Contractor failed to advise Construction Training Fund the final value varied by more than $25,000 and therefore failed to pay the additional BCITF levy.
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