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NT builders to require commercial registration

Commercial builders in the Northern Territory will have 12 months to get a commercial registration, after changes passed in the NT Parliament

Registration has been introduced for commercial building contractors in the Northern Territory following a parliamentary vote, the NT government says.

The Northern Territory government says it aims to strengthen consumer confidence in the local building industry and improve safety outcomes through these changes.

Changes to building legislation will be rolled out in two stages:

Stage 1 – A 12-month grandfathering transition period will enable eligible building contractors to obtain a commercial registration, without meeting qualification requirements.

Stage 2 – Commencing immediately after Stage 1, this phase mandates the legal requirement that new commercial building work must have a registered commercial builder.

“The legislation ensures that building contractors have the appropriate qualifications and experience to build specific buildings and provides for the continuing professional development of our local practitioners,” NT infrastructure, planning and logistics minister Joel Bowden says.

The NT government says the changes also expand powers to introduce a continuing professional development scheme for building practitioners such as building contractors, certifying engineers, certifying plumbers and building certifiers.

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