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Residential building contracts

The Residential Building Works Contract and Dispute Resolution Act 2016 has 3 main components.

Key points

  • clearer, more robust contracts for residential building work
  • projects of $20,000 or more MUST have a written contract
  • contracts MUST contain certain clauses
  • builder MUST give owner a copy of the Consumer Guide
  • a free, optional, mediation process for settling residential building disputes
  • a more formal adjudication process by expert panel for residential building disputes that cannot be resolved by other means

Determination

The Director of Building Control approved the following:

Determination - Mandatory Contract Provisions Dec 2016 v1.0 (pdf, 297.0 KB)

Additional information

Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Act 2016

Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Regulations 2016

Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Bill - Fact Sheet (PDF, 92KB)

Residential Building Consumer Guide (PDF, 2.2 MB)