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Owner Builder Centre delivers accredited courses and other related services to thousands of Owner Builders across Australia.

What is an Owner Builder?

An Owner Builder is an individual who performs the traditional role of a licensed builder to manage and co-ordinate construction work that is being carried out on their own residential premises, and who holds an Owner Builder Permit that authorises the individual to act as an owner builder in relation to such construction work.

As part of the project, an Owner Builder orders building materials and engages contractors directly to carry out construction work, and he or she effectively manages the whole project in the same way that a licensed builder normally would.

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What work can I do as an Owner Builder?

As an Owner Builder, the law generally allows you to:

  • build a new home
  • renovate, alter or extend an existing home
  • build a garage, carport or residential shed
  • build a swimming pool for residential use
  • build a pergola or entertainment area for residential use.

Although the law may differ from state to state, as an Owner Builder you will not generally be permitted to perform any work that relates to a commercial / industrial building, or multiple residential dwellings on the same site (apartment buildings etc). For specific information you should check with your state regulator.

Benefits of being an Owner Builder

Becoming an Owner Builder carries with it a wide range of benefits, including the following:

SAVINGS – Owner Builders can save 20-40% on constructions costs, including the project margin that is normally charged by licensed builders

CONTROL – Owner Builders are able to exercise a greater level of control over their own project, including the ability to make changes to the construction work more promptly

SATISFACTION – Owner Builders have a greater sense of satisfaction in knowing that they were able to build or renovate their own home themselves

Where a person is finds that licensed builders and other trades are either too expensive, not available, or are unable to obtain the necessary insurance coverage, becoming an Owner Builder will generally enable the person to overcome these difficulties.

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How do I become an Owner Builder?

In order to obtain an Owner Builder Permit, you must satisfy these general requirements:

  • you must own, or have a prescribed interest in, the residential land where the construction work will to be carried out
  • you must have completed the prescribed Owner Builder Course (unless you are exempt from doing so)
  • you must hold a White Card (or General Construction Induction Training Card)

To register and complete the prescribed Owner Builder Course and White Card, select your state above.