icare simplifies how interstate contractors can access residential building work in NSW

icare is now recognising interstate contractor licences through the Automated Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme.

From 14 May 2024, most interstate building contractors will not require an NSW license to apply for eligibility with Home Builders Compensation Fund (HBCF). This will make it easier for individual building contractors from all states and territories, except Queensland, to register for HBCF eligibility using their home state’s building license.

 All builders and contractors working in NSW must obtain a Home Building Compensation insurance policy for residential building projects where a contract price is more than $20,000. This is to protect homeowners from incomplete or defective building work.

The AMR scheme streamlines the occupational registration process governed by the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 and is applicable to New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Increased labour supply with reduced administration

By eliminating the need for extra licensing, time and administrative burdens, costs are significantly reduced for interstate building contractor looking to operate in NSW.

Homeowners will also have access to an increased supply of skilled labour as more builders seek jobs in the State. By easing access for interstate trades, AMR has the potential to bolster the workforce available to work on incomplete or defective projects in NSW. 

Currently, AMR is restricted to individuals who are licensed for a limited set of occupations and does not apply to licences held by companies. View the list of accepted building contractors. Occupations which are exempt, or not included in the AMR scheme, may be included at a future date.

For more information, visit Information for consumers – Automatic Mutual Recognition | NSW Government.