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.