Designed to protect tradies’ jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic the final details of the scheme will be announced his week.
But news.com.au has confirmed the requirement that renovators demonstrate substantial spending means smaller, DIY projects will be locked out of the Prime Minister’s renovations bonanza to ensure the money supports tradies’ jobs.
Renovators will not just be required to match the cash grants but spend more, ensuring the projects are “substantial”.
“We are more interested in the larger projects and new home builds and things like that,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told 2GB on Monday morning.
“We are looking at a bit of drop off in that current home building that’s going on. That’s not good for tradies and not good for jobs.”
As a result of the reno rules, while a substantial kitchen or bathroom renovation that provides work for plumbers and carpenters may fit the bill, a more modest paint job or flatpack kitchen may not qualify for the scheme.
“The tradies and all the others – the apprentices and others who work in that home building sector are going to feel a lot of pain unless we can keep a continuity in the business with house construction,” Mr Morrison said.