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Registration cancelled for dodgy builder

by Cameron Micallef 18 November 2019 1 minute read

Property investors have been given a timely reminder to check the credentials of their builders following reports of falsifying claims.

Registration cancelled for dodgy builder
November 18, 2019

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.

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“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.

Registration cancelled for dodgy builder
Registration cancelled for dodgy builder
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Cameron Micallef

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your... Read more

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