Why be an Owner/Builder?

As well as saving thousands of dollars, there are many benefits in being an owner/builder.

  • Be in control of the result – don’t be told you have to settle for less
  • Build the house YOU want – be limited only by your imagination (and budget)
  • Enjoy the flexibility to make last minute changes
  • Use your own preferred tradesmen, friends/family
  • No waiting time – build to suit YOUR schedule

Most states in Australia require you to hold an owner/builder’s permit whenever you undertake a construction project on your property, that exceeds their cost threshold.

Acquiring a permit is a simple process, involving an application fee and normally a short course – which can be completed online at your own pace.

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Permits required by State

Requirement QLD NSW VIC SA NT WA ACT TAS
Owner/Builder permit required? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Permit required threshold? $11k $5k $12k n/a $12k $20k $0 $5k
Course required? Yes Yes Yes Optional No No Optional No

State Authorities and Advisories

Owner Builder Courses

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Qld & NSW Owner/Builder & White Card courses can be completed online at Owner Builder Courses Online

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