Simon Corbell has announced that he’s taken up the dubious tool of legislation to combat Canberra’s legion of dodgy builders:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced that new laws will protect the public from substandard construction practices in the ACT.
The Construction and Energy Efficiency Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 was passed by the Legislative Assembly today.
Mr Corbell said the changes will increase government powers to deal with poor quality construction in Canberra.
“Before today, the Construction Occupations Registrar could only consider whether an applicant would be eligible to be licensed based on training and competency, and whether the applicant was disqualified in the ACT only.
“This was too narrow for the Registrar to fully consider the impact on public protection, requiring the legislation to be amended.
“Under the changes, the Registrar will be able to refuse to grant or renew a licence if a person has a history of non-compliance in other states or territories as well.”