Tradies with Ties to Criminal Organisations Set To Lose Contractor’s Licence

Builders, plumbers, and electricians are set to join locksmiths, tow truck drivers and tattoo parlours as industries affected by the current war on criminal organisations.

Queensland Police will provide information on request to regulatory authorities, such as those established under the Queensland Building Services Authority Act and the Electrical Safety Act in order to prevent those with links to criminal organisations from holding a contractor’s licence.

The consequences of which, according to the Electrical Trades Union, could be the loss of 200 electricians alone.

The Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 made sweeping amendments to a range of Acts, including the Electrical Safety Act (ESA), and the Queensland Building Services Authority Act (QBSAA). The ESA and QBSAA are responsible for the licencing of plumbers, builders and electricians within Queensland.

Whilst the Criminal Organisations Disruption Act was passed in November 2013, the changes made to the QBSAA and the ESA will not come into effect until the 1st of July 2014. On and after the 1st of July 2014, a person who wishes to hold a contractor’s licence that is covered by the ESA or the QBSAA will be denied a licence if the relevant regulatory body becomes aware that a licence holder is an associate to a criminal organisation.

If a person wishes to seek a review of a cancellation or a refusal to grant a licence due to the new sections, the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) can undertake a review of the decision.

Our experienced Criminal Lawyers Brisbane can offer you advice if you have been, or fear that you may be, classified as an associate to a criminal organisation.

Call Bosscher Lawyers on 1300 729 316.