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Is the HMinfo Clearinghouse able to assist with complaints about home modification jobs?

Last Updated: 16th May 2018

The HMInfo Clearinghouse does not have any authority to respond to complaints on home modification jobs.

However, the law requires a builder to meet certain obligations when they do building work. These are called:

  • 'warranties' in the Domestic Building Contracts State Act(s), and
  • consumer guarantees’ in the Australian Consumer Law.

You have rights under both laws.

Consumer guarantees and implied warranties apply by law and cannot be signed away.

All registered builders and tradespeople must have domestic building insurance for all work over a set amount (this varies from State to State though) to cover you if they die, become insolvent or disappear – this is in addition to the builder’s contractual obligations and warranties

You can use your implied warranties to make sure your building contractor:

  • uses good workmanship
  • delivers everything listed in your contract
  • ensures everything is in working order.

To register a complaint regarding a home modification outcome you should contact the Service involved, or the funder. For instance the NSW Department of Family & Community Services -  Ageing, Disability and Home Care has a Complaints procedure webpage and process for work funded by them.

For work carried out by Building contractors:

NSW

If you have not been able to resolve a problem with a business or trader you can lodge a complaint with NSW Fair Trading. See Resolving issues - steps to assist you resolve a problem. Alternatively, phone NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 to discuss how to lodge a complaint.

ACT

Access Canberra requires that you have written to the trader in an attempt to resolve the issue first. Your letter to the trader should be clear, factual, outline the specific timeframes for a resolution and request a written response from the trader. Include copies of proof of purchase or evidence of payment if required. The enquiry line number is 6207 3000 - Access Canberra (press option 8). You can also send your queries online using their contact form and the Advice and Complaints team will provide you with written advice.

VIC

Consumer Affairs Victoria can accept written complaints when you has made a reasonable attempt to resolve the dispute with the business or landlord. For more information, view their Resolve a dispute page or fill in the online form .

QLD

Queensland fairtrading will not investigate your complaint unless you’ve tried to resolve the issue with the business first. If this is unsuccessful you can use the online form or download and complete the paper complaint form (PDF, 120KB).

SA

The South Australian commissioner for Consumer Affairs enforces fair-trading legislation, licences businesses and provides guidelines to traders, phone 131 882NT

TAS

Tasmanian Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading asks that you lodge a complaint against a trader please phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1300 13 55 13

NT

The Northern Terrotory has a fact sheet on consumer complaints and disputes or talk to a Fair Trading Officeron 8999 1999 or 1800 019 319.

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