Property investors have been given a timely reminder to check the credentials of their builders following reports of falsifying claims.
David James Shaw was granted building practitioner registration in March 2017 after submitting an application that included information to support the criteria of having a Diploma of Building and Construction and seven years’ experience in carrying out supervising building work.
In his application, Mr Shaw falsely claimed to have been a site supervisor for a registered building contractor when he worked as a draftsman and did not have supervision responsibility.
An investigation showed that he sought assistance with his application from a third party, which was providing fraudulent references and documents to assist students and clients in applying for registration.
Building and energy executive director Saj Abdoolakhan said it was inexcusable for building registration applicants to provide false information.
“The registration requirements prescribed under the state’s building laws are designed to ensure that only suitably trained, qualified and experienced people carry out these roles, which involve a high level of responsibility,” he said.
In his application, Mr Shaw falsely claimed to have been a site supervisor for a registered building contractor when, in fact, he worked as a draftsman and did not have supervision responsibilities. He also added three years to the time he actually worked for the business and submitted a falsified reference from the company’s construction manager.
Mr Shaw signed a declaration that the information provided in his application was true and correct.
Mr Shaw was fined $2,500 from the Building Service Board and has voluntarily cancelled his registration.