Information for the building industry

Welcome to the Consumer and Business Services (CBS) occupational licensing system. Information relevant to the building industry has been collated to help you with any questions may have. The CBS licensing and registration team are available if you need further assistance.

Managing my licence

To maintain your licence you need to lodge an annual or periodic renewal and inform CBS of relevant changes and events. This is useful if you want to change or upgrade your licence conditions or change from an individual to a company licence. Many applications can be completed online.

Change of address (PDF 91KB)

Building work contractor – eligibility, exemptions, fees, mutual recognition, renew and change/upgrade

Building work supervisor – eligibility, fees, renew and change/upgrade

Order a replacement card/certificate

Contact us: CBS licensing and registration via email ( or phone 131 882.


Working in the building industry

Relevant forms and fact sheets helpful for workers in the building industry are available below.

Certificates of compliance (electrical)

Form 1 – your rights (PDF 33KB)

Form 2 – building indemnity insurance (PDF 293KB)


General and business advice 

As a new licensee, you may be considering starting your own business. Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a business owner can potentially avoid disputes with your customers and suppliers.

RTO’s and other contacts

Handling customer complaints

Responsibilities of builders and tradespeople – insurance, contracts, deposits/payments, warranties, advertising

Your rights if your supplier uses unfair contract terms

Security of payment – Building and construction industry

Office of the Small Business Commissioner – advice and dispute resolution for business to business transactions

Warranties and consumer guarantees

Refunds to customers

Operating under a business name

Running a business

Australian Consumer Law


Other resources

A range of information is available about your occupation and licensing in general. Some useful links are included below.

Find a licence holder (CBS licensing public register)

CBS news and updates – subscribe and view CBS quarterly newsletter (CBS Connect) and other news

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)