Government slashes insulation rebate

 

“We have also seen the industry grow enormously, creating jobs and supporting the economy,” he said.

“The time is now right for us to make sensible changes to take pressure off the market, whilst ensuring this hugely popular program still offers generous incentives for households.”

Transitional arrangements for people who had accepted a quote but were waiting for work to be done would apply, provided their job was completed by November 16.

Extra safety precautions and consumer protections will be enforced too.

Metal fasteners for foil insulation will be banned from tomorrow, and a targeted electrical safety inspection program of Queensland homes with foil insulation installed under the program rolled out.

Mr Garrett said the proscription of metal staples or nail fasteners would reduce the risk of electrocution for insulation installers, after a Brisbane man died from that cause earlier this month.

From December 1, the Government will also publish a name and shame list for any business struck from the installer register for dodgy behaviour, require two genuinely independent quotes to approve a rebate and demand a formal risk assessment of installation projects before a job can start.

“There’s no room in this program for businesses that aren’t willing to stand publicly by the quality of their work,” Mr Garrett said.

“Insulation installers are on notice that we will not hesitate to strike them from the register, take legal action and name and shame them if they are found doing the wrong thing.”

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