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Hello Owner Builder in the ACT!

Yes, you need to do an OB course to get your OB Permit 🙂

The good news? We've done the research for you!

We critiqued 12 owner builder course providers across Australia and after a stringent selection process, we were super happy to partner with Absolute Education. Head to our main Course page to find loads of reasons why!


If yes, simply click on ‘Get Started', complete some basic details and either the lovely Gemma or Peter will send you the final pieces of the puzzle.

COST:  The OB course cost is $99.00 payable when you pass (psst, everyone passes!).


Although you don't need a White Card in the ACT to get your OB permit, you do need it to comply with Workcover regulation.

Due to changes in legislation made on the 19th July 2019  by WorkSafe WA in conjunction with Safework NSW means that you're no longer eligible to complete your White Card course online (only possible in WA).

Absolute Education is working through this issue in the ACT by partnering with providers who run face-to-face courses but they're not quite ready to go.

So if you do go with another provider, please make sure whoever you go with is NOT offering the course online. Seriously, it's illegal.


If you're right at the start of the process, an excellent starting point is always with your local Council (see link below) because you need to know local Council approvals e.g. Development Application, Planning Approval.

Here's a summary of the process you'll follow once you've spoken to Council and design plans are underway:

  • Once you complete the OB course (and White Card), you need to apply for a Builders Licence to undertake building work. This application can be done online via the link provided below.
  • When the licence is issued, you'll need to apply for a ‘Commencement Notice' with a building certifier before you can start building.
  • The work can only start once the certifier has issued the Commencement Notice.

For more state government info – click here.

Find your local Council – click here.