Builders Contractor Licence Reinstated

Builder has contractor licence reinstated after an internal review

Department of Fair Trading prosecutes Green Skills trainee as having invalid contractor licence

Fair Trading NSW logoThe NSW Department of Fair Trading administers consumer protection law, including the granting and cancellation of the contractor licence for many small business people.

Paul* held a contractor licence as a builder under the NSW Home Building Act 1989. To receive this licence, Paul undertook training through a registered training provider (RTP). Fair Trading cancelled that provider’s registration two years after he did his training. This was due to an investigation into the operators of the provider. The provider was Green Skills. Many NSW contractors’ licences are at risk due to the investigation of Green Skills.

The Department of Fair Trading in NSW  falsely identified Paul as a person who had his training conducted by that provider AFTER the cancellation of the trainer’s registration. Consequently, NSW Fair Trading cancelled Paul’s contractor licence and commenced disciplinary action against him.

NSW Fair Trading internal review shows Paul was a victim of fraud

Paul contacted our fair trading lawyers about the issues he encountered. We assisted Paul in applying for an internal review of the decision made with Fair Trading. The decision of that review confirmed that Paul was a victim of fraud, and not a party to it.

Consequently, NSW Fair Trading re-instated Paul’s contractor licence and he was able to continue work. However, Paul got a reprimand. The additional important outcome  was that Fair Trading dropped the disciplinary actions against him.

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are able to pursue your possible Department of Fair Trading investigation claim anywhere in Australia. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 02 9261 4281 or by email at

If you have received a notice from NSW Fair Trading about qualifications gained through Green Skills Australia, contact us now to protect your licence.

*name changed for privacy.

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