“Only experienced professionals know how to navigate the many possible hazards caused by fires, so it’s essential all work is carried out by licensed tradies. We’ve made it easy to know whether someone is qualified or not by developing an online licence check tool, so be vigilant, verify their licence, ask for references and request a written contract for any work over $1,000,”Anderson explained. Last year, NSW Fair Trading building investigators conducted over 400 site inspections targeting unlicensed work, and they will be undertaking unannounced compliance blitzs in bushfire affected communities over coming months.
“I understand people are eager to have their properties cleared as soon as possible, however I also encourage you to apply for the free, safe and efficient clean-up service organised by the NSW government before hiring a contractor.”Anderson urged. For those looking to register for the NSW’s government clean up service, you can contact Service NSW at or and you can check the licence of a NSW tradesperson .