The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has issued a public warning over unlicensed building work being done in the Cairns region in north Queensland. The QBCC has also urged consumers only to hire tradies or companies who hold the appropriate QBCC licence. If you are an unlicensed builder, here’s what you need to know.

1. You could be NAMED AND SHAMED

The QBCC has the power to name and shame people doing unlicensed building work. The QBCC said the contractor did not hold a QBCC licence and cannot carry out work valued at more than $3,300. If you are caught doing unlicensed building work, you can also be publicly named and risk a huge loss to your reputation.

2. You could be fined

If you are an unlicensed builder, you risk being fined under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991. Unlicensed building work is an offence, with a penalty up to:

• $33,362.50 for the first offence

• $40,035 for the second offence

• $46,707.50 for a third offence

3. You could go to jail

Did you know you can be jailed if you are an unlicensed builder and carry out work valued at more than $3,300? You could potentially face up to one year’s imprisonment if it’s your third offence. It’s a risk not worth taking.

4. You need to be qualified to hold a QBCC licence

Although there is a range of requirements you need to meet to become a licensed builder, you need to have the technical skills and knowledge provided by a building and construction qualification. If you aren’t qualified, you can’t apply for a QBCC licence, it's as simple as that.

5. You can earn more as a licensed builder

Australians are spending more money than ever on home renovations, and being a licensed builder is a great way of taking advantage of the boom. Registered builders in Australia can earn up to $150,000 a year.

Talk to us today to help sort out your licence to make sure you avoid being named and shamed.

Sources: QBCC, Holding Redlich

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