Apply for eligibility with us

Understand the process of applying for a certificate of eligibility

A certificate of eligibility with us means that you have been assessed by Corporate Scorecard, the Eligibility Risk Manager, and have been granted the entitlement to apply for an icare HBCF certificate of insurance for individual projects.

Your HBCF eligibility also refers to the eligibility conditions under which the certificate of insurance may be granted to you.

These conditions include:

  • open job limits (number and value); and
  • types of construction and maximum contract price

It’s important to start the application process well before you intend to commence any residential building work. To help make sure your application is successful, get familiar with the eligibility manual

How to apply

  1. Find a broker from our list of approved broker distributors
  2. Gather all information your broker distributor will need
    Including financial statements, likely number, type and value of potential projects and your contractor licence details. 
  3. Complete a builder eligibility application form

Finding a broker distributor

Applications for eligibility cannot be made directly to the Corporate Scorecard, the Eligibility Risk Manager, or HBCF. As a builder, you will need to go through an approved distributor (broker) to manage the application process on your behalf.

Find a broker distributor

Additional documents to provide

Once you have chosen your broker distributor, you will need to provide them with:

  • your completed eligibility and profile change application form
  • a recent balance sheet, profit and loss statement (for company and trust) or tax returns (for sole trader and partnership)
  • a statement of personal assets and liabilities
  • copies of rates notices for all properties declared on the statement of personal assets and liabilities
  • refer to the check-list in the application form for any other required supporting documentation.

The Eligibility Risk Manager uses your financial statements to assess your financial viability. They may make further enquiries to seek clarification of issues associated with your application. 

Builder Eligibility/Profile Change Application Form (PDF, 0.3 MB)

Reviewing your eligibility

On an ongoing basis, eligibility is subject to review. How often you may be reviewed is determined by the Eligibility Risk Manager on completion of the underwriting assessment, and by our programmed periodic review requirements.

The majority of small builders are granted an exemption from annual reviews.

The Eligibility Risk Manager may also undertake a special eligibility review if it appears a builder’s circumstances have changed. The Eligibility Risk Manager will assess the financial viability of the builder to continue to hold eligibility.

Learn more about the review process