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Website to reveal ‘shonky’ builders

By 9 April 2014 9

Canberra residents will soon be able to research builders and their compliance history in the ACT.  A new legislation has been passed by the legislative assembly to create a public register of licence information that will include suspensions, licence cancellations and other disciplinary actions that may have been taken against a builder.

Simon Corbell (Environment and Sustainable Development Minister) claims this will help consumers to avoid shonky building or renovation work.   (Alternatively, people could post their concerns on the RiotACT…?)

The list will be posted on-line for the first time mid-year.

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9 Responses to Website to reveal ‘shonky’ builders
#1
shirty_bear12:36 pm, 10 Apr 14

Given all the gripes we hear about builders around here, this sounds like a good thing … seriously overdue.

#2
marymary12:48 pm, 10 Apr 14

Great, Katy and Simon are publishing yet another name and shame list to help the public. Instead of banning builders, helping consumers who’ve been ripped by bad certifiers (certified by the ACT in the first place) and refusing to allow consumers to claim from government liability insurance, she sets up this token gesture of a name and shame list, just to make us feel better, a useless initiative. Actions speak louder than words here. Katy and co have basically ignored consumers who’ve been out of pocket from government certified shonky builders, certifiers who aren’t doing their jobs and developers who close one failing company and start another. Lets get some action, rather than these wishy washy shame lists Katy, don’t absolve your responsibility and put it onto consumers. This is a furphy of a policy, from a hopeless government trying to look tough. Same thing happened to restaurants and that was a shambles in it’s implementation from our town hall.

#3
VYBerlinaV8_is_back2:35 pm, 10 Apr 14

If we list all the dodgy builders in Canberra, who will be left to build anything?

#4
cranky4:56 pm, 10 Apr 14

Far less likely to cause defamation proceedings would be to list the 4 or 5 good builders in Canberra.:-)

#5
water_lily5:33 pm, 12 Apr 14

It won’t solve all of Canberra’s building problems, but it is a small step in the right direction. So much more is needed. I don’t think it’s a name and shame; it’s making public those builders who have had disciplinary action taken against them. If I were looking for a builder, the first thing I would do is check out the government register to avoid any builder on that list. I wish we COULD name and shame. This is an anti-recommendation for any bulding company with the initials ABG.

#6
jasmine2:43 pm, 13 Apr 14

Great news and it’s about time. Dealing with dodgy builders can lead to huge financial losses and can destroy families. Even better would be to ensure ACTPLA ensures buildings aren’t passed by their own inspectors and then do nothing when there are issues after completion.

#7
dungfungus1:41 pm, 14 Apr 14

This could potentially alienate a lot of builders who give election donations to the Labor Party.

#8
Ghettosmurf878:56 am, 15 Apr 14

dungfungus said :

This could potentially alienate a lot of builders who give election donations to the Labor Party.

And which builders are those? I’m sure you could list them off for us?

Or you could look here:

http://elections.act.gov.au/funding_and_disclosure/financial_disclosure_returns

where all gifts over $1000 have to be disclosed and where the various parties annual returns are located? I’m sure there is clear evidence there that more builders/cuilding companies give to Labor as opposed to the Liberals?

#9
dungfungus1:24 pm, 15 Apr 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

dungfungus said :

This could potentially alienate a lot of builders who give election donations to the Labor Party.

And which builders are those? I’m sure you could list them off for us?

Or you could look here:

http://elections.act.gov.au/funding_and_disclosure/financial_disclosure_returns

where all gifts over $1000 have to be disclosed and where the various parties annual returns are located? I’m sure there is clear evidence there that more builders/cuilding companies give to Labor as opposed to the Liberals?

You have never run a business in the ACT have you?

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