Doug Shave

Doug Shave

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    Funding to cut building dispute time.

    26/06/2000 3:59 PM
     
    26/06/00

    Additional funding of $200,000 will enable the Building Disputes Committee (BDC) to cut hearing times of disputes between home owners and builders.

    Fair Trading Minister Doug Shave said the reasons for recent delays in dispute hearings included a rise in home building activity as many people tried to beat possible effects of the GST.

    "Present funding arrangements were causing unacceptable delays,” Mr Shave said.

    “The additional funding means people can expect to have their complaints handled faster.”

    A Bill now before Parliament will allow the Builders Registration Board (which operates the BDC) to generate sufficient future revenue to operate the BDC without Government funding.

    BDC Registrar Nigel Lilley said the $200,000 increase in funding meant more hearings could be held. People who had lodged complaints would be contacted shortly with advice that hearing days for disputes would increase from five to 20 days per month.

    Priorities are being set for complaints. Anyone with an outstanding complaint who has not heard by the end of July is asked to contact the BDC by fax on 9476 1223.


    Media contact: John Clune (Minister’s Office) 9213 6500