Builder Registration in Victoria - A Sign of Things to Come?

Jim Georgiou, Peter Love, Jim Smith

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Builders have a long history of a public perception of poor image and low quality products. Political and
administrative demands for builder registration and tighter control of entry into the industry have been seen
to be the solution to these problems. However, progress towards registration and control has proved elusive.
Recently, the state of Victoria in Australia introduced mandatory builder registration under its Building
Control Act 1993. Further reform for the housing industry was introduced in 1996 through the Domestic
Building Contracts and Tribunal Act 1995. As the first legislation of its kind in Australia, the Victorian
experience provides a case study for similar developments elsewhere. This paper reviews the history of
builder registration in Victoria and identifies the major provisions of the 1995 Act, including the
organisations established to regulate and supervise the implementation of the legislation. The perceived
drawbacks and benefits of the new system are also analysed in the short period since the introduction of the
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Industry Development in The New Millennium
Subtitle of host publication2nd International Conference on Construction Industry Development, and 1st Conference of CIB TG 29 on Construction in Developing Countries
EditorsGeorge Ofori
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 1st Conference of CIB TG29 on Construction in Developing Countries: Construction Industry Development in the New Millennium - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 27 Oct 199929 Oct 1999
Conference number: 1st


ConferenceThe 1st Conference of CIB TG29 on Construction in Developing Countries
Abbreviated titleCIB TG29


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