The Government Issues Media Releases About Unlicensed Builders


The Office of Consumer and Business Services has released the following articles about unlicensed builders. They ‘named names’. To become licensed visit the CBS.sa.gov.au website.

$11,000 fine for working unlicensed

An unlicensed builder who accepted substantial deposits from consumers for work he either didn’t start or made little progress on has been fined $11,000 and ordered to repay more than $11,000 to customers he left in the lurch. 27 year old Andrew James Laundy appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this week, after pleading guilty to carrying on business as a building work contractor without a licence and four counts of breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.

The court heard Laundy had accepted substantial deposits from customers to carry out renovation work, as well as fence and paving work, on properties in Parafield Gardens, South Plympton, Camden Park and Oaklands Park. In two instances, Laundy carried out a small amount of work – while in the other two cases, he failed to do any work at all.

“Cases like this highlight why it’s so important for people to do their homework before engaging the services of a builder,” Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said. “In this case, customers paid substantial sums of money – ranging from $900 to $4750 – for work that was either never started or barely progressed. “By checking the public register, customers can check whether a builder actually has a licence, and enjoy greater peace of mind when engaging the services of a professional to carry out work around the home. “I’d encourage anyone considering hiring a builder to head to the CBS website at http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/occupational-licensing-and-registration/find-a-licence-holder/ to ensure the builder has the appropriate licence to carry out the work.” Laundy was fined $11,000 and ordered to repay the deposits to each of the four customers totalling $11,150.

Public Warning on unlicensed SA builder

A public warning has been issued by the State’s consumer watchdog against Anastasios (Tom) Manolakis, following allegations of operating as an unlicensed builder in South Australia. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, George Kamencak, said complaints lodged with Consumer and Business Services (CBS) allege that Mr Manolakis’ work is also not of an acceptable building work standard.

“It is alleged Mr Manolakis, trading as De George Services, has been contracting for building work without being authorised by the appropriate licence in South Australia,” he said. “The business, based at Clovelly Park, advertises its services for roofing, guttering, earthmoving, bricklaying and stone work, through its website www.degeorge.com.au and on Gumtree.”

People who carry on business performing building work, including all forms of roofing work, are required to be licensed under the Building Work Contractors Act. Undertaking unlicensed building work carries penalties of up to: $50,000 for a first or second offence; or $50,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both for a third or subsequent offence $250,000 for an offence committed by a body corporate.

The Acting Commissioner is urging consumers not to deal with Mr Manolakis or De George Services while complaints are being investigated by CBS. “With winter officially behind us, many people take time off work throughout the Christmas break to undertake home renovations.

This is a friendly reminder for consumers to do their research before engaging a tradesperson to undertake work on their homes. “Please ensure you are using a licensed and reputable building contractor who is qualified to do the job. You can check if a tradesperson has a current licence by using the online CBS licensing register or by asking them to produce their South Australian builder’s licence card.” “CBS takes consumer complaints seriously and regulates the industry to protect consumers and stamp out illegal conduct.” If anyone has concerns or would like to make a complaint about their dealings with Mr Manolakis or De George Services, please contact CBS on 131 882

Unlicensed builder cops $11,000 fine – media release

Builders and Sub-Contractors Licenses – What The Government Is Doing To Promote Licensing


Having a trade sub contractors license gives tradies and customers protection if things go wrong. The SA Government has recently started promoting ways consumers can verify that their tradies are licensed, and has set up a website to ‘dob in a tradie’

CBS 'dob in a tradie' website

So what do you need to get licensed? You can download the specifics and read the SA Governments requirements by clicking on this link Licensing Guidelines

Tradies will need to complete two business units prior to applying, one that covers off legal issues, the other on small business finance. We offer a course that meets the State Governments requirements, click here to see dates and make a booking.

Along with these units you also need to provide evidence of industry experience, such as apprenticeship papers, letters from employers if an apprenticeship wasn’t completed, short courses or testimonials. Sometimes applicants will be called in to attend a technical interview. If this is the case we can offer some extra support and guidance.

If you are still unsure tradesa.com.au offer a service to advise tradies of licensing requirements, submit all documents and take the confusion away.

Builders Licensing – New Dates Announced


Our trade sub-contractors course is scheduled to run on the following dates:

 

Apply Legal: 20/1/2018 – 21/1/2018 & SMB Finance: 3/2/2018 – 4/2/2018

Apply Legal: 24/3/2018 – 25/3/2018 & SMB Finance: 7/4/2018 – 8/4/2018

Apply Legal: 2/6/2018 – 3/6/2018 & SMB Finance:  16/6/2018 – 17/6/2018

Apply Legal: 18/08/2018 – 19/08/2018 & SMB Finance: 1/9/2018 – 2/9/2018

Apply Legal: 6/10/2018 – 7/10/2018 & SMB Finance: 20/10/2018 – 21/10/2018

Apply Legal: 24/11/2018 – 25/11/2018 & SMB Finance: 8/12/2018 – 9/12/2018

Cost is $450 with CITB discount, or $950 without. Email admin@fcta.com.au to book a place, or call us on 8367 5615. The course runs from 9am – 4pm and is held at 15 Jacobsen Crs, Holden Hill SA. Download our Trade Contractors License Flyer

Once successfully completed, applications for a BLD# can be made online:

Go to Electronic Licence Application Forms, click on application type and be guided through a series of questions.
Once you have completed the electronic application process, print the final document. Review the information and sign in the required areas. You can scan and submit and pay for your application online, or you can print and post your application and payment to us.

The application form, fees, and the required documentation must be sent to Consumer & Business Services for assessment (either by mail or by submitting electronically). If you live in a remote/regional area, you may lodge these documents and payment at a Service SA office or you can post them to Licensing GPO Box 1719 Adelaide 5001, or lodge them in person at their office in Adelaide.

If you fail to provide all the required documentation or fees, they may not be able to accept your application and it will be returned to you for completion. Your application form does have an expiry date. If you fail to lodge the application before the expiry date, you will have to complete a fresh application.

Current fees as of 22/06/2016 are as follows:

Application and Pre-grant fees Application fee Pre-Grant fee Total
Body Corporate – General building work licence $194.00 $913.00 $1107.00*
Body Corporate – specified building work licence $194.00 $470.00 $664.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $415.00 $803.00
Individual – Specified building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $213.00 $601.00
Application for approval of additional building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence $194.00 $415.00 $609.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – Specified building work licence $194.00 $213.00 $407.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Application for a building work supervisor registration $194.00 $213.00 $407.00
Amending licence/registration conditions
Application to vary a licence $150.00 $150.00
Application to vary a registration $150.00 $150.00

 

Periodic fees Total
Body Corporate Licence – general building work $913.00
Body Corporate Licence- specified building work $470.00
Individual Licence – general building work $415.00
Individual Licence – Specified building work $213.00
Building Work Supervisor Registration $185.00

 

Other fees Total
Default penalty for periodic returns $165.00
Replacement of licence card or certificate $25.50
Application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00

Assistance applying for license:

Another option open to tradespeople is to work with Sam Cottell at Trades SA. Sam will be able to review your applications, fill in paperwork and lodge forms on your behalf. Contact Sam on 0430206032 for more information, or visit his website http://tradesa.com.au/

This package deal could set a tradie up for life. Skills recognition and licensing without the hassle!


Do you have more than 4 years experience working as a bricklayer, tiler, stonemason or plasterer? You now have the opportunity to have your skills formally recognised and gain a contractors license. All licensing costs can be included depending on the package selected.1

The SA Government requires tradespeople to complete 2 business units before applying for a license. FCTA – Building Careers has teamed up with SA Trade Licensing for a limited offer.

Packages start at just $2500 and include the cost to recognise trade experience formally with a Certificate III. This is the same certificate apprentices study. There may be some gaps in your knowledge, and thats not a problem as all gap training costs are also included. This would cost over $4000 normally!

The package includes the cost of the 2 business units and a preparatory technical interview with SA Trades Licensing. Successful students will be able to legally run their own businesses and advertise for work. There will be a focus on educating people in the relevant Australian Standards and National Construction Code (formally called the BCA).

If you’ve been working in the industry for 4 years or more, chances are you already have a CITB membership. If not visit citb.org.au to apply. The cost of this package is $3000 for people without a CITB membership. 2

We have packages that also include filling in all application details, lodgement of forms and police checks from $3950 – this includes all government charges, no more to pay. If you are looking at investing in your long term success and establishing your own company, for $4950 we can take the work out of the paperwork! For more information, download our FLYER

Interested? Email admin@fcta.com.au or call us on 8367 5615 to discuss.

 

 

Trade License Course Starts November 7th – Last one for 2015! Get Qualified for a BLD# Now


If you’re working in the building industry without a contractors license, you could legally be denied payment by customers for jobs under $10,000. You can also be fined on top of this. A Current Affair and Today Tonight love to run stories on ‘dodgy tradies’ but I don’t recall ever seeing reporting on the customers that don’t pay for the work completed! If you don’t have a trades license there’s not a lot you can do to legally try to recoup your payment. The best way to avoid these situations is to be licensed.

In South Australia that means that you need to complete 2 business units, SBSMB406– Manage small business finances & CPCCBC4009B– Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects. Our last course for the year starts Saturday November 7th at 9am. Courses are held at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill. The course runs across 2 weekends, with the trainer setting aside Sunday afternoons to help with any questions regarding the assessment questions that need to be completed. To book, click here .

For more information on the process of obtaining your BLD# visit this SA Government website link. If you are unsure about the process and would like some help, or if you didn’t complete an apprenticeship, Sam Cottell is a trade licensing consultant who use to work at OCBA/ Consumer & Business Services. He can be contacted on 0430206032. The FCTA team are happy to assist with questions also, you can call us on 8367 5615 or email admin@fcta.com.au.

Are You A Tradie Looking at Moving to South Australia? These Are the Sites for You


Trades Recognition Australia has all the information you need to find out how to migrate to Australia as a skilled worker by having your existing skills and training recognised.  http://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/Programs/Pages/default.aspx

Another useful site, is the forum “Poms in Adelaide” http://www.pomsinadelaide.com/ they have a great forum for people to ask questions about working and living in Adelaide. A lot of tradespeople from the UK are active on the forum, making it an excellent resource.

It’s important to note that tradespeople moving to South Australia are still required to apply for a contractors licence. This requires the completion of 2 subjects, Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects (CPCCBC4009B )and Manage small business finances (BSBSMB406). Other requirements are detailed at the SA Governments Website: http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/wcm/licensing-and-registration/occupational-licensing-and-registration

Our next sub-contractors licence course commences November 7 – 8 & 21 – 22. To book click this link.

Photo sourced from pomsinadelaide.com “Northern Mick”

Jan 18 – 19 & Feb 1 – 2 Contractors Licence Course


The SA Govt requires tradies to complete 2 business units as part of their contractors licence application. The units are:

  • Apply Legal Concepts &
  • Small Business Finance

The course runs over 2 weekends, 4 days in total. The first weekend session is Jan 18-19, take a break the next weekend and complete the course on Feb 1-2. We start at 9am and finish at 5pm. Time is allowed each Sunday to discuss the assignments and ask the trainer questions.

The cost for the course is $450 for CITB card holders, or $950 without a CITB card. Download the course flyer by clicking here

Call us on 8367 5615 to book, or email admin@fcta.com.au