Bennett Springs man fined for providing false info into attempt to become registered builder

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A BENNETT Springs man has been fined $5000 by the Building Commission for providing false and misleading information in an attempt to become a registered builder.

The man pleaded guilty to two charges, was granted a spent conviction by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay a $5000 fine and costs of $427.10.

He sought a third party to obtain building practitioner registration from the Building Services Board on his behalf.

He signed the declaration on the application form which stated all information provided was true and correct but a number of the documents submitted for the board’s consideration were false.

The documents included references and a resume that claimed the man had worked for two companies but he had not worked for.

Building Commission acting executive director Sandy Randall said the false information was identified by an officer who carried out checks of the references the applicant provided.

“While the man withdrew his registration application after being questioned by the Building Commission, his conduct breached the building laws and resulted in his prosecution,” she said.

“The Building Commission recently warned that applicants who provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board may face disciplinary or prosecution action and penalties including fines.

“Regardless of whether a third party service provider is used, the applicant is responsible for ensuring their application is true and correct before they sign the declaration on the form stating this to be the case.”

There are penalties of up to $25,000 for making false or misleading statements to the Building Services Board or providing false or misleading information in a registration application.

Contact the Building Commission for assistance on 1300 489 099 or bcinfo@dmirs.wa.gov.au.