The Australian Government has announced HomeBuilder, a time-limited grant program in response to the Coronavirus crisis.
Eligible owner-occupiers will be given a $25,000 grant to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home for contracts signed between
4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (with works to begin within three months of the contract date).
For eligibility criteria or more information visit The Treasury website or email HomeBuilder@treasury.gov.au.
Under the NSW State Budget for 2018-2019, new apprenticeships in building and construction, plumbing and electrics will be fee-free from 1 July 2018.
Students no longer have to pay up to $3,000 to learn a trade under the new scheme – meaning no more upfront training costs for students or employers. The scheme is designed to encourage more people to learn a trade in order to help cover the current skills shortage in traditional trades and meet demand.
For more information visit the vocational education and training (VET) website.
Major changes to home building laws in NSW commenced on 15 January 2015 aiming to reduce red tape, minimise disputes and appropriately protect consumers.
These changes impact both those in the building industry and those building or renovating their own home.
For more information visit the FAQ page on the NSW Fair Trading website.