Fines build for illegal operator

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Darlington unregistered builder Ernest Jackson, trading as Jackson Design and Build and Jackson Carpentry, has been ordered to pay a fine of $20,000 and costs of $871.40 for registration and contractual offences, bringing his total fines for building offences to $50,700 in two years.

On 23 October 2015, the Fremantle Magistrates Court in his absence convicted Mr Jackson of two charges under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 and three charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.

The offences were in relation to renovation work valued at $53,186 Mr Jackson carried out at a Hilton property in November 2012. This follows Mr Jackson’s previous conviction for registration and contractual offences in January 2014, for which the court ordered him to pay a fine of $30,700.

The most recent registration offences committed by Mr Jackson were undertaking to perform and carrying out building work without the required registration. The contractual offences he committed were entering into a home building work contract that provided for him to receive a deposit in excess of 6.5 per cent of the total value of work; failing to obtain a policy of home indemnity insurance for the home building work; and failing to ensure that a variation to the contract was in writing, set out all the terms and costs of the variation, and was signed by both the builder and owner.

“Consumers should familiarise themselves with their rights and responsibilities before they engage the services of a builder,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“When the value of the building work is over $20,000 and the work requires a building permit, the builder must to be registered. This ensures the builder has the qualifications, knowledge and experience required to carry out work according to the appropriate standards.

“Consumers can conduct an online registration check on the Building Commission website at

"The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

For more information on builders’ responsibilities, visit the Building Commission website at or phone 1300 489 099.


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02 Nov 2015

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