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Trades licensing 500% increase

By wildturkeycanoe - 11 September 2011 60

I just found out that tradies in Canberra have been screwed over by ACTPLA, again. Upon renewal of my licence today, instead of paying the expected $84 renewal fee, I almost fainted when told it is now $450!! That’s over 5 times more than 2 days ago, when the apparent transition period finished.

Apart from the fee increases applying to plumbers, gas fitters and electricians, which none of my co-workers or employers are aware of, the reasoning by ACTPLA is even worse.

Upon stumbling onto the page on their website that advises of the increases, one of the reasons stated is to bring parity to license costs across Australia. Well, a quick search showed that our neighboring states have license fees at least half of what ACTPLA are now charging, for up to 5 year periods instead of 3.

No consultation, a massive slap in the face of our building trades and a dumb reason for doing it. This has got me on the warpath and I hope to find someone out in RiotACT world to back me up and see if we can reverse this blatant attempt at grabbing money from a monopoly who just writes their own rules without scrutiny.

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Trades licensing 500% increase
Tetranitrate 10:55 pm 11 Sep 11

Clown Killer said :

Besides it’s not a tax in any shape or form – to be so it would have to be proportional to something. It’s just a charge or fee straight up.

Ever heard of a poll tax/head tax?

Clown Killer 10:33 pm 11 Sep 11

A $450 per annum compliance cost is a problem? Cry me a river princess. Besides it’s not a tax in any shape or form – to be so it would have to be proportional to something. It’s just a charge or fee straight up.

Hey if you’ve got a problem paying it then go get a job insulting restaurant patrons or waiting tax-payers hard-earned in the public service

Anna Key 8:03 pm 11 Sep 11

Blatant attempt at money grabbing by a monopoly? It’s a government charge, we’re not talking Coles or Woolies.

Maybe you should have done it two days’ ago – or you intended to but the parts didn’t arrive or the previous job took longer than expected

Spykler 7:43 pm 11 Sep 11

basketcase said :

It’s a tax on employment. I wonder if politicians have to pay a tax to be a politician.

Good luck with the warpath, but the way of politics is to pick small sections of the public a bit a time to tax, regulate and control, because the unaffected 99% don’t really know or care.

Good luck

You hit the nail on the head, this is exactly how they get away with it..Probably why you won’t see a 500% increase on private car rego fees anytime soon.

wildturkeycanoe 6:48 pm 11 Sep 11

Love the tradie bashing, very innovative idea.
Where do you people come up with the overcharging, rip-off, bags of money and 100% increases statistics?? Maybe for contractors, but those who earn an hourly rate working for a bigger company haven’t had more than 3% increases per year for the last decade. Yeah, subbies might be able to get back their own with upping the charges to compensate, but that’s why they charge so much in the first place – to keep up with the cost of running their business.
For example, a sparky comes to install one (1) new power point to your bedroom. Before he sets foot on your premises, there is a $21.40 Additions and alterations form to be submitted to ACTPLA. Then, the usual callout fee, hourly rate,materials etc. So when you see the costs go up, don’t blame the guy who’d do it cheaper if only he didn’t have to comply with the red tape.
If you think tradespeople are too expensive, try getting an ACTPLA electrical inspector to come out on a Saturday – $422.30* minimum plus $91.30* per hour for each hour in excess of 4 hours. I wonder how much the inspector gets out of that?? No wonder they are looking for easy cash.

To put this into perspective for some, if your living depended on your driver’s license and they increased the cost of that 500% overnight, what would you be doing?

screaming banshee 6:38 pm 11 Sep 11

Mickeyau said :

I am definitely sure that the tradies hourly rates in the ACT have exceeded 100% increase in the last 3 years.

Head up your arse much? Scanned copies of your invoices or it didn’t happen.

Jethro 6:11 pm 11 Sep 11

basketcase said :

It’s a tax on employment. I wonder if politicians have to pay a tax to be a politician.

Do teachers have to pay a license fee?

As of this year, yes.

Mickeyau 2:42 pm 11 Sep 11

Wildturkeycanoe,
I am not sure on what your complaint is here is, yes ACTPLA have repeatedly proven to the ACT public of their incompetence but you can claim your $450.00 with your next tax assessment! I am definitely sure that the tradies hourly rates in the ACT have exceeded 100% increase in the last 3 years.

cross 2:13 pm 11 Sep 11

basketcase said :

It’s a tax on employment. I wonder if politicians have to pay a tax to be a politician.

Do teachers have to pay a license fee?

How about public servants, what do they pay for their right to work.

Just another rip off, and a boost the the control freaks in government.

Good luck with the warpath, but the way of politics is to pick small sections of the public a bit a time to tax, regulate and control, because the unaffected 99% don’t really know or care.

One opinion that could be argued is that this is government dishonesty, and encourages others to be likewise dishonest.

Good luck

Tradies paying tax now there’s a novel concept

cross 2:09 pm 11 Sep 11

They could always cry in their bags of money

Frustrated 12:38 pm 11 Sep 11

The way Tradies treat and rip off Canberrans, you will get very little sympathy from us.

basketcase 12:08 pm 11 Sep 11

It’s a tax on employment. I wonder if politicians have to pay a tax to be a politician.

Do teachers have to pay a license fee?

How about public servants, what do they pay for their right to work.

Just another rip off, and a boost the the control freaks in government.

Good luck with the warpath, but the way of politics is to pick small sections of the public a bit a time to tax, regulate and control, because the unaffected 99% don’t really know or care.

One opinion that could be argued is that this is government dishonesty, and encourages others to be likewise dishonest.

Good luck

The Frots 12:04 pm 11 Sep 11

cross said :

Tradies being overcharged huh? paybacks a bitch

+1

alaninoz 11:55 am 11 Sep 11

cross said :

Tradies being overcharged huh? paybacks a bitch

Yeah, but guess who pays in the end.

cross 11:30 am 11 Sep 11

Tradies being overcharged huh? paybacks a bitch

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