Home building advocacy service program

The Home Building Advocacy Service Program provides legal advice, advocacy services and assists or represents NSW residential home building consumers before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The program has a range of information and mediation and advice services already available for home building consumers, but if a dispute should become protracted, some consumers face the disadvantage in their capacity to resolve disputes between themselves and their home building contractor. HoBAS aims to assist those consumers who have an ongoing dispute with a building contractor despite prior involvement by NSW Fair Trading.

Key dates

The current funding period is 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2019. The program is triennially funded and is currently closed to applications.

Who can apply?

Applications can be made by New South Wales not-for-profit incorporated or registered organisations (including cooperatives).

Note: this does not preclude profit-making organisations from applying, providing they do not operate HoBAS on this basis. Joint applications, where two or more organisations pool resources and expertise, will also be accepted.

Who can’t apply?

Applications cannot be made by:

  • organisations intending to use the funds for a project in a State/Territory other than NSW
  • universities, TAFE and other academic institutions
  • government agencies
  • NSW Fair Trading, including the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

How much is funded?

$265,892.36 each year is currently provided under the program. Funding is fully allocated.

Currently funded service

Western Sydney Community Legal Centre

Suite 302
Level 3, 107 Philip Street
Parramatta  NSW  2150
Phone: (02) 8833 0911
Facsimile: (02) 8833 0900
Website: www.wsclc.org.au

Want more information?

Download the Home Building Advocacy Service funding guidelines (PDF, 300.71 KB) or contact Community Grants at grants@finance.nsw.gov.au or phone 9619 8731.

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