Building Stronger Foundations

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Confidentiality requested

Questions on possible options

  1. What kind of plans should be signed off and declared by a statutory declaration?

    - As built (WAEx drawings) - Fire audit report - Durability report - Strata plan including levys ( wide range of illegal activities going in this process for high raise buildings in Sydney) - Drainage system (especially buildings with under ground car park)

  2. Should a statutory declaration accompany all variations to plans or only major variations?

    - As built (Each page) to be signed off by Engineers, Construction Manager, Project Manager and Director and declare themselves this is completed according the project specifications and Australian & NSW standards.

  3. How should plans be provided to, or accessed by, the Building Commissioner?

    - Plans should be submitted progressively (by stages) to building commissioner - NSW Building department to conduct Desktop audit with following site audits (periodically)

  4. In what circumstances would it be difficult to document performance solutions and their compliance with the BCA?

    At final stage of the project.

  5. What would the process for declaring that a building complies with its plans look like?

    - As built (WAEx drawings) - Fire audit report - Durability report - Strata plan for the building including levys

  6. What kind of role should builders play in declaring final building work?

    - Third party audits every 6 months through out the construction phase by recognised audit company eg. Sai global

  7. Which builders involved in building work should be responsible for signing off on buildings?

    Every contactor and subcontractor involved sign off on their work and which should be submitted to client with monthly invoice and statutory declaration.

  8. Are existing licensing regimes appropriate to be accepted as registration for some builders and building designers, such as architects, for the new scheme?

    - No, people who loose their registration due to misconduct or bankruptcy are using their family members to register for license and working under them, which can be picked by BCA or NSW building cooperate, by auditing the key personnel on the projects, (ATO - by using payslips)

  9. What should be the minimum requirements for a registration scheme?

    While company and people apply for registration, NSW and Australian government - Peoples involved in the 3 years in the construction industry with no black marks can register their company. - If they want to involve in high raise buildings need to be minimum 10 years experience in mid to high raise buildings

  10. What form of insurance should be mandatory for ‘building designers’? Why?

    - 10 years for all defects - 50 years for durability of the building. * need to deposit bank bond of 5% of the building value, which can released in stages after completion of the project.

  11. What kinds of minimum requirements should be prescribed for the insurance policy (for example, value, length of cover, etc.)?

    * need to deposit bank bond of 10% of the building value, which can released in stages after completion of the project ( 10 years).

  12. What skills should be mandatory for ‘building designers’?

    - Engineering degree - CP Engineer - 5 years experience in construction industry should include 1-2 years site experience.

  13. Which categories of building practitioners should owe a duty of care?

    - All contractors and subcontractors companies involved in the design and construction of the project.

  14. What should be the scope of the duty of care? Should it apply to all or certain types of work? If so, which work?

    - All works, it is like "Zero fatality" on the roads, there is no small or big mistake in the construction, when it comes to life of the people going to use the building for next 100 years.

  15. What types of consumers should be owed a duty of care?

    - Need more information

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