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Australian licence holders

In New Zealand, restricted building work must be carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner (LBP).

Restricted building work (RBW) is the design and construction of the structure and weathertightness aspects of houses and apartment buildings.

A person holding an Australian state design or trade related licence can apply for a Zealand licence under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA). This works on the basis that an Australian State builders licence is equivalent to a New Zealand Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence.

Not all Australian licences correspond to a New Zealand licence. If you have an Australian design or trade related licence its important to check the table below before you apply under TTMRA.

Please download and complete the form below:

 

Licences likely to be accepted under mutual recognition for a corresponding Licensed Building Practitioner licence

The following list provides an indication of the Australian state licences which the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have assessed as covering activities that are equivalent or substantially the same as a form of licensed building practitioner licence for the purposes of mutual recognition.

Please note this is a guide to what is likely to be acceptable. There may be circumstances where the applicant may hold the licence listed but not be eligible for mutual recognition.

Examples include where the applicant 

  • has conditions or limitations on their licence that significantly limit the scope of activities that can be conducted under the licence; 
  • does not hold a current Australian state licence as at the time of application; 
  • makes false statements with their application.

Australian state registration/licenceLicensed Building Practitioner licence that may equate to the Australian state licence
New South Wales

Bricklaying licence

LBP Bricklaying and Blocklaying in the two areas of practice:

1: Veneer

2: Structural masonry

Carpentry licenceLBP Carpentry licence
General concreting licenceLBP Foundation licence in area of practice 1: Concrete foundation walls and concrete slab-on-ground
Roof slating licence

LBP Roofing licence in area of practices as follows:

1: Concrete or Clay Tile Roof

2: Profiled Metal Roof and/or Wall Cladding

3: Metal Tile Roof

4: Roof Membrane

7: Shingle or Slate Roof

Roof tiling licence

LBP Roofing licence in area of practices as follows:

1: Concrete or Clay Tile Roof

2: Profiled Metal Roof and/or Wall Cladding

3: Metal Tile Roof

4: Roof Membrane

Wet plastering licenceLBP External Plastering licence in area of practice: 1: Solid plastering
Underpinning/pieringLBP Foundation licence in area of practice 2: Concrete or timber pile foundation
Tasmania
Architectural - RestrictedLBP Design licence in area of practice 2: Category 1 & 2 buildings
Architectural - LimitedLBP Design licence in area of practice 1: Category 1 buildings
Architectural - DomesticLBP Design licence in area of practice 1: Category 1 buildings
Queensland
Design Licence Low riseLBP Design licence in area of practice 2: Category 1 & 2 buildings
Design Licence Medium riseLBP Design licence in area of practice 2: Category 1 &2 buildings
Design Licence Open riseLBP Design licence in area of practice 3: Category 1, 2 & 3 buildings
Bricklaying and Blocklaying

LBP Bricklaying and Blocklaying in the two areas of practice:

1: Veneer

2: Structural masonry

Concreting Trade Licence

LBP Foundations licence

1: Concrete foundation walls and concrete slab-on-ground;

2: Concrete or timber pile foundation

CarpentryLBP Carpentry licence. There may be conditions imposed on the licence holder in relation to undertaking concrete foundation work
Carpentry and Foundations licenceLBP Carpentry licence
Foundation Work (Piling and Anchors

LBP Foundations licence in the following areas of practice:

1: Concrete foundation walls and concrete slab-on-ground;

2: Concrete or timber pile foundation There may be conditions placed on the licence holder that they may not undertake concrete slabs-on-ground unless they are competent to do so.

Plastering Solid

LBP External Plastering licence the following areas of practice:

1: Solid plastering

2: Proprietary Plaster Cladding Systems (PPCS)
Roof and Wall Cladding

LBP Roofing licence in area of practices as follows:

2: Profiled Metal Roof and/or Wall Cladding

3: Metal Tile Roof

Roof Tiling

LBP Roofing licence in area of practices as follows:

1: Concrete or Clay Tile Roof

7: Shingle or Slate Roof

Victoria 
Domestic Builder UnlimitedLBP Carpentry licence

Domestic Builder Limited

(C) – Carpentry

Domestic Builder Limited

(J) – Sub Floor works

Domestic Builder Limited

(O) – Floor slabs & Footings

Domestic Builder Limited

(I) – External Cladding to a home

LBP Carpentry licence

Domestic Builder Limited

(K) –Improvements to Roof

Roofing area of practice 1 – Concrete or clay tile roof and/or Roofing area of practice 7 – Shingle and slate roof

Domestic Builder Limited

(W) - Waterproofing

Roofing area of practice 4, 5 and/or 6

Domestic Builder Limited

(W) – Waterproofing Domestic Builder Limited

(K) – Improvements to Roof

Roofing areas of practice 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Domestic Builder Limited

(J) Sub Floor works

Domestic Builder Limited

(O) Floor slabs & footings

LBP Foundations licence Areas of Practice 1 and 2

Domestic Builder Limited

(O) Floor slabs and footings

Foundations licence– Area of practice 1
Draftsperson, class of Building Design (architectural)Design Area of practice 3

Domestic Builder Limited

(H) Brickwork

LBP Bricklaying and Blocklaying in the two areas of practice:
 

1: Veneer

2: Structural masonry

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Do you need multiple licences?

In New Zealand an LBP Carpentry licence holder does not need to gain a roofing licence to install a profiled metal roofing or a foundation licence in order to install foundations.

 

If your licence is not listed

If your licence is not listed on the approved list you may still be eligible for mutual recognition if the activities you are authorised to do under your Australian licence are substantially the same or equivalent as the LBP licence you are applying for. The activities under an LBP licence can be found in the competencies listed in the Licensed Building Practitioner Rules.

 

Site management licences

The following licences are not considered mutually equivalent.  

  • Queensland Builders licences – low rise, medium rise and open 
  • ACT – Class A builder (unlimited), Class B builder (medium rise), Class C builder (low rise), Class D builder 
  • South Australia – Building Work Contractor, Building Work Supervisor 
  • Western Australia – Registered Building Practitioner

The reasons these licences are not accepted under mutual recognition are: 

  1. Only a licence which permits a person to do restricted building work qualifies under the mutual recognition scheme 
  2. the main site management activities covered by these licences are not restricted building work so are not covered by the mutual recognition scheme.

While some activities between the LBP trade licences (which enable a person to do restricted building work) and these types of licence may be similar, this is only a minor component of these licences. Mutual recognition requires that activities under mutually recognised licences must be ‘substantially the same’ or ‘equivalent’.
 

Last updated 1 August 2017