Home Building Act 1989 No 147
Current version for 1 January 2014 to date (accessed 19 December 2014 at 03:25)

95   Owner-builder insurance

(1)  An owner-builder must not enter into a contract for the sale of land on which owner-builder work is to be or has been done by or on behalf of the owner-builder unless a contract of insurance that complies with this Act is in force in relation to the work or proposed work.

Maximum penalty: 1,000 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 200 penalty units in any other case.

(2)  An owner-builder must not enter into a contract for the sale of land on which owner-builder work is to be or has been done by or on behalf of the owner-builder unless a certificate of insurance evidencing the contract of insurance, in a form prescribed by the regulations, is attached to the contract.

Maximum penalty: 1,000 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 200 penalty units in any other case.

(2A)  A person who is the owner of land, and to whom an owner-builder permit was issued under Division 3 of Part 3 after the commencement of this subsection and not more than 6 years previously must not enter into a contract for the sale of the land in relation to which the permit was issued unless the contract includes a conspicuous note:
(a)  that an owner-builder permit was issued under Division 3 of Part 3 to the person in relation to the land, and
(b)  that the work done under that permit was required to be insured under this Act.

Maximum penalty: 1,000 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 200 penalty units in any other case.

(3)  This section does not apply:
(a)  to a sale of the land more than 6 years after the completion of the work, or
(b)  if the reasonable market cost of the labour and materials involved does not exceed the amount prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section, or
(c)  if the owner-builder work is of a class prescribed by the regulations.
(4)  Subject to subsection (4A), if an owner-builder contravenes subsection (1) or (2A) in respect of a contract, the contract is voidable at the option of the purchaser before the completion of the contract.
(4A)  A contract is not voidable as referred to in subsection (4) if:
(a)  the owner-builder obtained a certificate of insurance evidencing a contract of insurance that complies with this Act in relation to the work or proposed work before entering the contract concerned, and
(b)  before completion of the contract, the owner-builder served on the purchaser (or an Australian legal practitioner acting on the purchaser’s behalf) a certificate of insurance, in the form prescribed by the regulations, evidencing that contract of insurance.
(5)  (Repealed)
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