Builders Code of Practice lays foundation for quality homes

Released 08/08/2019

The ACT Government has implemented a series of substantial reforms to improve building quality in the Territory.

As part of these reforms, a Builders Code of Practice will be introduced later this year for the first time in the ACT to support the safe and professional construction of buildings.

Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said the new code will set out the minimum requirements for the 3,000 licenced builders in the ACT and outlines their obligations when carrying out or supervising work.

"The Canberra community can rightly expect that licensed builders carry out their services with reasonable care and diligence, be accountable for the staff they employ, personally inspect relevant building work and ensure it complies with building standards and approved plans," Minister Ramsay said.

"We will be consulting with local builders and industry bodies on the code through information sessions over the coming weeks and they will be given the opportunity to provide feedback before it is finalised."

The code outlines the builder's responsibilities when engaging or contracting people to carry out building work; levels of supervision; critical stages to check that work is compliant with codes and standards; a process for handling client complaints; and record keeping requirements.

It will form part of the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004, which is enforceable under the ACT Construction Occupations Registrar.

Information sessions on the draft code will be held at Ground Floor North Building, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson on:

  • Tuesday 13 August, 8-9am
  • Thursday 15 August, 5.30-6.30pm
  • Monday 19 August, 5.30-6.30pm
  • Saturday 24 August, 10-11am

Submissions can be sent to until 20 September 2019.
The Builders Code of Practice forms an important part of the government's comprehensive reform program to improve building quality and further safeguard the integrity of the local construction industry.

To view the code or more information on building reforms visit

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