Sub-Contractors Licence course, now offered at FCTA

FCTA will be offering experienced tradies the chance to complete the 2 units required for a contractors licence. The SA government require people applying for their contractors licence, to complete a business finance and a legal applications course. These will be run over 2 weekends from October 5-6 & 19-20. That is 4 days in total. Places are limited with members from the Wall & Ceiling Lining  Association having first preference. The cost for CITB card holders is $450, without the CITB discount the cost is $950. Call us to secure a place on 83675615 or email [email protected] Download our  FLYER for more information on the course & to see other dates for 2013.

For information about licence requirements visit


ATO Building & Construction Industry Changes from 1st July 2012

From 1 July 2012, businesses in the building and construction industry need to report to the ATO each year, the total payments they make to each contractor for building and construction services.

Businesses need to report if they:
 are in the building and construction industry
 make payments to contractors for building and construction services, and
 have an Australian business number (ABN).

The details to report will generally be contained in the invoices businesses receive from their contractors. Businesses are encouraged to check how they keep their records to make sure they have the details required for the new Taxable payments annual report.
The first annual report is due 21 July 2013 for payments made in the 2012–13 financial year. In this first year businesses that lodge their business activity statement quarterly, may lodge by 28 July 2013.

The information reported about payments made to contractors will be matched against other information held by the ATO to detect contractors who have not:
 lodged tax returns, or
 included all their income in returns that have been lodged.

For more information about taxable payments reporting go to to find:
 a list of activities and occupations that are considered to be building and construction services
 examples of situations where reporting is required
 a blank worksheet to assist with recording payments made to contractors
 exclusions from reporting requirements
 how to register to participate in an online seminar (webinar) from your home or business.

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Apprentice Update

This week we’ve had quite a few apprentices in working on various projects. Charlie and David have been working on an advanced bricklaying project, below are photo’s of their work.

Proposed Changes to Builder’s Licensing

We have been receiving a lot of calls from people with concerns about the upcoming changes to builder’s licensing requirements. To assist, we have put together some information to help people in the building industry. A copy of this post can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Please be advised that this is not a formal update, only information gathered from various government bodies and industry associations.

The Current System:

Builder’s licenses are administered by each state. Each state has their own rules and regulations, and there are differences as to what is required to get a builders license.

The Proposed New System:

The creation of a national system of licensing. This is seen to be more efficient, and remove confusion that occurs when builders move to different states. These changes are expected to occur around July 2012 for some trades, and July 2013 for others.

The new system is expected to honour existing licensees, so if you currently hold a builders license, it is likely you will be switched over to the national system without any issues. This ‘grandfathering’ agreement appears to be well supported.

However, if for some reason your builder’s license is cancelled, or lapses (beyond the grace period), you would be required to re-apply under the new system.

What Are The Changes:

Currently in SA builders can obtain licenses by having an interview with a technical expert, and supplying evidence. They do not currently need to have a Certificate III in their trade; instead, they need to have evidence showing years of experience working in the trade. This process can be time consuming for builders without formal qualifications, but it in no way means that they are not able to gain a license if they supply the relevant evidence, and pass their interview.

Under the proposed new system, there will be a move away from technical interviews. Builders seeking licensing will need to supply their Certificate III qualifications in their trade, and meet other requirements, such as completing the business & legal units – as is required in SA currently.

It is also likely that sub-contractors will be required to hold a license under this new system.

All this seems to be in a state of flux, with little detail available about firm timings and other changes. Please use this document as a general update, and not as formal notification. Information is constantly changing as the national system is developed.

For more information, visit the following sites:

–          National Licensing Website =

–          Current SA Licensing Site =

–          Housing Industry of Australia (HIA) =

ONSITE assessments for Apprentices

FCTA are able to come onsite and assess your apprentice to reduce their number of trade school visits. Call or email us to arrange a time. Note, we will have a trainer in the Port Lincoln area on Friday Nov 26th, and a Trainer based in Victor Harbor for 4 weeks from Nov 22nd. Email [email protected] to book in.

Victor Harbor 4 Week Bricklaying Course

The Australian Apprenticeships Access Programme is an Australian Government Initiative.

Limited places are available for a 4 week short course in Bricklaying. Training is fulltime, and will be held in VICTOR HARBOR. The course commences November 22nd, and will be held at 14 Philip Street in Victor Harbor. The course is open to people who meet the government ACCESS funding criteria.

Interviews for interested parties will be held on Friday November 12th.

Access Course 221110 Victor

FCTA – Building Careers is currently setting up similar courses for other regional areas, please email us at [email protected] to register your interest.