What is Demolition work?

Demolishers completely or partly dismantle buildings and other structures using pre-planned and controlled methods. Their work often combines the structural demolition of load bearing elements with the stripping of internal fixtures and fittings, services and non‐load bearing elements.

Demolition work must consider risks to both people and property:

  • Demolition work can expose workers and the public to significant risks that may cause injury or death. These risks exist whether the work is undertaken at ground level or at heights. If the work is conducted above ground level, then fall protection equipment is required.
  • Demolishers must consider not only the condition of the structure to be demolished, but also the structure’s proximity to adjacent buildings and other assets that the demolition work may adversely affect, and the condition of those adjacent structures and assets.

What are the three classes of registration?

Builder – demolisher (low rise)

People registered in the class of Demolition (low rise) are responsible for managing, arranging and carrying out:

  • the complete or part dismantling of buildings and other structures (other than special buildings) up to two storeys in height
  • the demolition and stripping of internal fittings, fixtures, services and non‐load bearing elements of unoccupied buildings up to two storeys in height.

To do this work, the registered demolisher must ensure appropriate demolition permits are in place.

Builder – demolisher (medium rise)

People registered in the class of Demolition (medium rise) are responsible for managing, arranging and carrying out:

  • the complete or part dismantling of buildings and other structures (other than special buildings) up to five storeys in height
  • the demolition and stripping of internal fittings, fixtures, services and non‐load bearing elements of unoccupied buildings up to five storeys in height.

To do this work, the registered demolisher must ensure appropriate demolition permits are in place.

Builder – demolisher (unlimited)

People registered in the class of Demolisher (unlimited) are responsible for managing, arranging and carrying out of:

  • the complete or part dismantling of all buildings and structures, including special buildings
  • the demolition and stripping of internal fittings, fixtures, services and non-load bearing elements of all buildings and structures, including special buildings.

To do this work, the demolisher must ensure appropriate demolition permits are in place.

What do registered demolishers need to know and do?

A registered demolisher must have capacity to carry out, manage or arrange the following activities in a competent manner and to a professional standard:

  • preparing quotes to undertake demolition work
  • consulting with engineers on proposed demolition works and processes
  • developing site‐specific demolition work plans
  • applying for demolition permits
  • establishing and administering contracts for the provision of demolition services
  • identifying site and work-related hazards, and developing risk management strategies (including identification of hazardous materials)
  • developing a site‐specific Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  • arranging fall protection equipment
  • establishing and managing an asbestos risk register (for commercial buildings and structures)
  • identifying (in consultation with engineers) suspended elements that may require propping
  • undertaking manual demolition, including the dismantling or demolishing and removing of materials and component parts of a building or structure
  • removing fixtures and fittings, roofs, trusses, ceilings, external and internal walls, floors and floor support systems of small buildings and structures, and sorting materials for reuse and recycling
  • arranging waste transportation, disposal and transfer to landfill or recycling depots, as appropriate to the site and client requirements
  • undertaking the demolition and stripping of internal fittings and non‐load bearing elements of buildings up to five storeys.

What knowledge do you need to demonstrate?

If you have successfully completed a certificate III or IV in Demolition, you will satisfy the technical knowledge requirements for registration.

If you have not completed the relevant certificate, VBA will assess your knowledge against the competencies included in the Certificate III or IV in Demolition.

What experience do you need to demonstrate?

For registration in the Demolisher (low rise) class

You must provide evidence of having carried out, managed and arranged demolition works for at least five different projects, each up to two storeys in height.

  • At least one of the projects must have related to demolishing the whole building.
  • At least three of the buildings must have required removal of hazardous materials.
  • At least two of the buildings must have been commercial buildings (class 2–9 buildings as classified in by the Building Code of Australia).

You must be able to demonstrate experience in using at least two of the following demolition methods:

  • manual
  • mechanical
  • deliberate collapse
  • explosives.

You must be able to demonstrate practical experience in dismantling and removing a range of the following from single and two-storey buildings:

  • fixtures and fittings
  • roof tiles and/or metal roof sheets
  • roof trusses
  • ceilings
  • external and internal walls
  • floor and floor support systems.

You must be able to provide evidence of your involvement in:

  • the clean‐up, disposal or salvaging of dismantled materials
  • the safe removal of tanks used for storing flammable and combustible material
  • consultations with engineers on proposed demolition works and processes.

For registration in the Demolisher (medium rise) class

You must provide evidence of having carried out, managed and arranged demolition works for at least five different projects, each up to five storeys in height.

  • At least one of the projects must have related to demolishing the whole building.
  • At least three of the buildings must have required removal of hazardous materials.
  • At least two of the buildings must have been commercial buildings (class 2–9 buildings as classified in by the Building Code of Australia).

You must be able to demonstrate experience in using at least three of the following demolition methods:

  • manual
  • mechanical
  • deliberate collapse
  • explosives.

You must be able to demonstrate practical experience in dismantling and removing at least four of the following from buildings up to five storeys in height across a range of building classes:

  • fixtures and fittings
  • roof tiles and/or metal roof sheets
  • roof trusses
  • ceilings
  • external and internal walls
  • floor and floor support systems.

You must be able to provide evidence of your involvement in:

  • the clean‐up, disposal or salvaging of dismantled materials
  • the safe removal of tanks used for storing flammable and combustible material
  • consultations with engineers on proposed
  • demolition works and processes.

For registration in the Demolisher (unlimited) class

You must provide evidence of having carried out, managed and arranged demolition works for at least five different projects.

  • At least three of the buildings must have required the removal of hazardous materials.
  • At least three projects must have required the complete demolition of a commercial building over five storeys in height.

You must be able to demonstrate experience in using at least three of the following demolition methods:

  • manual
  • mechanical
  • deliberate collapse
  • explosives.

You must be able to demonstrate experience in dismantling and removing at least four of the following from buildings over five storeys in height across a range of building classes:

  • fixtures and fittings
  • roof tiles and/or metal roof sheets
  • roof trusses
  • ceilings
  • external and internal walls
  • floor and floor support systems.

You must be able to provide evidence of your involvement in:

  • the clean‐up, disposal or salvaging of dismantled materials
  • the safe removal of tanks used for storing flammable and combustible material
  • consultations with engineers on proposed demolition works and processes.