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Home building compensation cover

Information about the Home Building Compensation Scheme (previously known as home warranty insurance) can now be found on the State Insurance Regulatory Authority website at

Two builders looking at plans on building site This section of the Fair Trading website is for residential builders, tradespeople, specialists and motor vehicle repairers and insurers in NSW.

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Residential building work

Residential building work means any work involved in the:

  • construction of a dwelling
  • making of alterations or additions to a dwelling
  • repairing, renovation, decoration or protective treatment of a dwelling.

This includes specialist work done in connection with a dwelling. 'Dwelling' includes garages, swimming pools and other prescribed structures constructed for use in conjunction with a dwelling.

Specialist building work

Specialist building work means:

  • plumbing work
  • gas fitting work
  • electrical wiring work
  • installation or maintenance of certain refrigeration systems
  • air-conditioning work.

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