Building Work Contractors Act

Disciplinary matters lodged under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995

From 4 May 2020, SACAT will receive original jurisdiction under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995to hear and determine disciplinary actions against building work contractors, supervisors and consultants.

Under the Act, SACAT is empowered to:

  • reprimand the person;
  • impose a fine not exceeding $20 000 on the person;
  • disqualify the person from being licensed or registered;
  • disqualify the person from being licensed or registered under this Act;
  • prohibit the person from being employed or otherwise engaged in the business of a building work contractor;
  • prohibit the person from being a director of a body corporate that is a building work contractor;
  • prohibit the person from carrying on business as a building consultant;
  • prohibit the person from being employed or otherwise engaged in the business of a building consultant;
  • prohibit the person from being a director of a body corporate that is a building consultant.
  • if the person is a licensed as a building work contractor or registered as a building work supervisor— 
  • impose conditions on the person's license or registration;
  • suspend the person's license or registration for a specified period;
  • cancel the person's license or registration.

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Administrative & Disciplinary Stream.

When applying to SACAT you must be in a position to:

  • Identify the legislative provision(s) you rely on.
  • State and describe the conduct said to justify the disciplinary findings, and identify the relevant legislative provisions relied upon.
  • Identify the facts, acts or omissions alleged to constitute the conduct that justifies the disciplinary finding.
  • Provide any supporting documents.
  • Pay any relevant application fees.

How to apply:

Click here to start an online application.  In the field entitled ‘Type keyword here’ contained within Step 2 type the word ‘building work’ as shown below and then scroll down to select the correct application type.

If you are not sure if you have selected the correct application type you can hover over the ‘question mark’ on the right-hand side to see a brief description of the application you have selected.

If you have any further questions or you would like a staff member from SACAT to assist you in completing the application please call SACAT on 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 4, then 7).

Fees:

There is no fee to lodge a disciplinary complaint with the Tribunal under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995.

Organisations that may be able to assist you:

  • Legal Services Commission - www.lsc.sa.gov.au – The Legal Services Commission offer a free telephone legal advice line and other methods of advice for members of the public.

Relevant legislation:

Building Work Contractors Act 1995