COLA Annual Report

Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 Annual Report 2012–13

This annual report has been prepared according to Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 (s. 112 Annual Report by registrar) and Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation 2004 (s. 44 Information in report to Minister).

Complaints

Below are the details of the complaints lodged against the occupations under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004.

COLA complaints

During the 2012–13 financial year, the Construction Services Branch received 303 formal complaints against licensees under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004. Some of these complaints related to multiple licensees under various occupations pertaining to individual building sites.

The following is a brief description of the types of complaints received against specific occupations:

  • Builders: non compliance with National Construction Code, non-compliance with approved plans, no approved plans, no development approval, defective work.
  • Building surveyors: breach of planning laws, unlawful building approval, poor quality outcome, breach of building code, refusal to lodge papers for certificate of occupancy and use, improper association with builders.
  • Asbestos removalists: unlawful removal.
  • Asbestos assessors: breach of Building Act.
  • Electricians: photovoltaic installations, faulty wiring, overdue certificates of electrical safety for house extensions, defect reports not rectified, incomplete installations due to contractual breaches, switchboard upgrades.
  • Plumbers: general, sewer drainage, water plumbing, rainwater installations, greywater installations, bathroom renovations, combined drainage systems.

Disciplinary actions

Below are the details about occupational discipline under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004.

Asbestos assessors
Disciplinary actions relating to asbestos assessors

Name of licensee/former licensee

Type of contravention

Disciplinary action taken

Result of any review of the decision to take disciplinary action

Frank Williams

Failed to exercise his duties as a licensee

Occupational discipline to cancel the licence

Appealed to ACAT – Licence revoked and unable to hold the same licence for a period of five years.

 

Name of licensee/former licensee

Type of contravention

Disciplinary action taken

Result of any review of the decision to take disciplinary action

Rod Sheather

Failed to exercise his duties as a licensee

Occupational discipline to condition the licence

Appealed to ACAT – Ongoing

Rod Sheather Consultants Pty Ltd

Failing to comply with a rectification order

Occupational discipline to condition the licence

Appealed to ACAT – Ongoing

Electricians
Disciplinary actions relating to electricians

Name of licensee/former licensee

Type of contravention

Disciplinary action taken

Result of any review of the decision to take disciplinary action

John Hendy

Work not compliant to the Wiring Rules, exceeded 15 demerit points

Cancelled licence from 19/10/2012 and disqualified 2 weeks. Required to complete Cert IV AES + skills assessment before renewal

N/A

Haysam Merhi

Work not compliant to the Wiring Rules, exceeded 15 demerit points

Cancelled licence from 19/10/2012 and disqualified 2 weeks. Required to undertake training and skills assessment

N/A

Jay Yeaman

Work not compliant to the Wiring Rules, exceeded 15 demerit points

Cancelled licence from 14/05/2013. Required to undertake skills assessment at CIT.

Cancellation dated amended to 5/07/2013 to allow for skills assessment at CIT

Further information may be obtained from:

Mr David Middlemiss
Construction Occupations Registrar
Construction Services Branch
Telephone: 02 6207 7397
Email: david.middlemiss@act.gov.au
Website: www.actpla.act.gov.au

COLA Asbestos Advisory Board

Membership of board

Name

Organisation

Date appointed

Arthur Watson

Asbestos Abatement Consultants

30 March 2009

Ben Kendon

Robson Environmental

30 March 2009

Lawrence Watson

Bellchambers Services Pty Ltd

30 March 2009

Jerry Howard

Master Builders Association

30 March 2009

Ian Fox

ACT Government Analytical Laboratory

30 March 2009

Sarah Schoonwater

CFMEU

3 May 2009

Jon Quiggin

Office of Regulatory Services

30 March 2009

Tony Thew

Lawyer

30 March 2009

Theodora Ahilas

Maurice Blackburn Pty Ltd

30 March 2009

The Asbestos Advisory Board did not meet during 2012–2013. Further information may be obtained from:

Mr Adam Young
Construction Occupations Section
Construction Services Branch
Telephone: 02 6205 0004
Email: adam.young@act.gov.au
Website: www.actpla.act.gov.au

COLA Building Advisory Board

Membership of board

Name

Organisation

Date appointed

Tony Thew

Lawyer

27 May 2013

Jason Jennings

Community Representative

27 May 2013

Vince Ball

CITC Canberra Business Centre

27 May 2013

Alan Sims

Housing Industry Association (HIA)

27 May 2013

Jerry Howard

Private building certifier

27 May 2013

Gesa Ruge

University of Canberra

27 May 2013

Glenn Chambers

Private building certifier

27 May 2013

John Tozer

Licensed builder

27 May 2013

David McCulloch

Private building certifier

27 May 2013

The COLA Building Advisory Board met once in 2012–13. Further information may be obtained from:

Mr Adam Young
Construction Occupations Section
Construction Services Branch
Telephone: 02 6205 0004
Email: adam.young@act.gov.au
Website: www.actpla.act.gov.au

COLA Electrical Advisory Board

Membership of board

Name

Organisation

Date appointed

Tony Thew

Community representative and lawyer

20 November 2012

Paul Wright

Canberra Institute of Technology

20 November 2012

Robert Donnelly

NECA (Electrician and Industry Rep)

20 November 2012

Paul Hincksman

ActewAGL – Electrician

20 November 2012

Robert Taylor

CEO Electrotechnology Skills Council

20 November 2012

Darrell Hills (Chair)

Electrotechnology and Energy Advisory Board

20 November 2012

Celia Balfour

Electrician

20 November 2012

Mick Koppie

Electrical Trade Union (ETU)

20 November 2012

The COLA Electrical Advisory Board met three times during 2012–2013. Further information may be obtained from:

Mr Michael Mosslar
Construction Occupations Section
Construction Service Branch
Telephone: 02 6207 7941
Email: michael.mosslar@act.gov.au
Website: www.actpla.act.gov.au

COLA Plumbing Advisory Board

Membership of board

Name

Organisation

Date appointed

Tony Thew

Community representative and lawyer

1 March 2005

Brian Coates

Canberra Institute of Technology

1 March 2005

Gwen Slater

Community advocate

No longer appointed

Josef Thaller

Regional Plumbing

1 March 2005

Mathew McCann

Worksafe ACT

27 August 2012

Anthony Ward

Plumbing Plan Certifier

No longer appointed

Peter O’Halloran

EnviroACT Plumbing

27 August 2012

Gerard Sloan

APA Group

1 March 2005

John Chierrra

Plumbing Plan Certifier

1 March 2005

Damian Kirkwood

ACT Plumbing Union

1 August 2008

The COLA Plumbing Advisory Board met once during 2012–2013. Further information may be obtained from:

Mr Mark Frazer
Construction Occupations Section
Construction Services Branch
Telephone 02 6207 6261
Email: mark.frazer@act.gov.au
Website: www.actpla.act.gov.au