Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 (COLA) Annual Report 2013-14

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 COLA.

COLA complaints

During the 2013–14 financial year the Construction Services Branch received 305 formal complaints against licensees under the COLA. 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: poorly installed 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

Details about occupational discipline under the COLA
Name of licensee/former licensee and occupation Type of contravention Disciplinary action taken Result of any review of the decision to take disciplinary action

B&T Constructions (ACT) Pty Ltd (Builder)

Failure to comply with consent orders

Occupational discipline

Application lodged at ACAT - ongoing

Cornelius Hank van Roon (Builder)

Failure to comply with consent orders

Occupational discipline

Application lodged at ACAT - ongoing

Ivan Bulum (Builder)

Failure to comply with consent orders

Occupational discipline

Application lodged at ACAT - ongoing

Raymond Guy Howard (Building Surveyor)

Various relating to asbestos, failing to have control plan

Occupational discipline

Application lodged at ACAT - ongoing

John Bates (Building Surveyor)

Pursuant to sections 66(2)(e) of the ACAT Act and 58(2)(a) of the COLA the applicant seeks an order cancelling the respondent’s licence.

Occupational discipline

Application lodged at ACAT - ongoing

Todd Daly (Builder)

Failing to hold appropriate class of licence for work performed

Licence cancellation

Licence cancelled; respondent is disqualified from applying for a construction occupations licence for five years; the respondent is reprimanded; the respondent is to pay the Territory the sum of $1,000.

Ivana Bonansea (Owner Builder)

Failing to adequately supervise

Licence cancellation

Consent decision

John Santek (Electrician)

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

Cancelled licence from 22/07/2013 and disqualified two weeks. Required to undertake training and skills assessment

N/A

Yaver Deraz Kola (Electrician)

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

Cancelled licence from 23/04/2014 and disqualified two weeks. Required to undertake training and skills assessment

N/A

Mark Avery (Electrician)

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

Cancelled licence from 23/04/2014 and disqualified two weeks. Required to undertake training and skills assessment

N/A

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
Web: www.actpla.act.gov.au

COLA Asbestos Advisory Board
Name Member Date appointed

Arthur Watson

Member who is a licensee

To be appointed

John Robson

Member from the education sector

To be appointed

Gerard Keane

Member who is a licensee

To be appointed

Luke Nuttall

Member who is a licensee

To be appointed

Brett Gibson

Member who is a licensee

To be appointed

Tony Thew

Community representative

To be appointed

Radmila Andric

Lawyer

To be appointed

The Asbestos Advisory Board did not meet during 2013–14. A new board will be established in July 2014 and will review the mandatory qualification requirements for asbestos assessors and asbestos removalists.

Construction Services is an active participant on the whole-of-government Asbestos Regulators Forum. This forum considers whole-of-government responses to matters relating to asbestos in the ACT.

COLA Building Advisory Board
Name Member Date appointed

Vince Ball

Member from the education sector

1 March 2005

Neil Evans

Member representing industry

18 February 2014

Jerry Howard

Member who is a licensee

1 March 2005

Ivan Juric

Member who is a licensee

20 February 2014

Glenn Chambers

Member who is a licensee

1 March 2005

Vacant Position

Member who is a licensee

Gill Fergie

Community representative

1 March 2005

Tony Thew

Lawyer

1 March 2005

The COLA Building Advisory Board met once during 2013–14.

COLA Electrical Advisory Board
Name Member Date appointed

Tony Thew

Community representative and lawyer

29 August 2012

Paul Wright

Member from the education sector

29 August 2012

Robert Donnelly

Member representing industry and member who is a licensee

29 August 2012

Paul Hincksman

Member who is a licensee

29 August 2012

Robert Taylor

Member representing industry

29 August 2012

Darrell Hills

Member who is a licensee

29 August 2012

Celia Balfour

Member who is a licensee

29 August 2012

Mick Koppie

Member representing industry

29 August 2012

The COLA Electrical Advisory Board met once during 2013–14.

COLA Plumbing Advisory Board
Name Member Date appointed

Tony Thew

Community representative and lawyer

27 August 2012

Adrian Clarke

Member from the education sector

9 April 2014

Peter O’Halloran

Member who is a licensee

27 August 2012

Gerard Sloan

Member who is a licensee

27 August 2012

John Stephens

Member representing industry and member who is a licensee

18 February 2014

Matt McCain

Member representing industry

18 February 2014

Graeme Fleming

Member who is a licensee

27 August 2012

The COLA Plumbing Advisory Board met twice during 2013–14.

Further information about the advisory boards may be obtained from:

Mr Ben Green
Deputy Construction Occupations Registrar
Construction Services Branch
Telephone: 02 6207 7387
Email: ben.green@act.gov.au
Web: www.environment.act.gov.au