Building Stronger Foundations

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Paul Murphy

  • Authorised delegate/contact person

    Paul Murphy

  • Position

    Licenced Builder

  • Organisation

    Inline Constructions P/L

Questions on possible options

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

    All structural/civil and all service ie: electrical,hydralic,mechanical,really everything other than internal finishes.

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

    All variations.

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

    The rise of the private certification sector has led to a disfigurement of the documentation processes whereby once all documents were lodged through local government and available at that point,a central archive at the local government level is best in my opinion.

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

    In the construction industry it is vital that staged inspections occur during the build process as it can be very difficult to make assessments after construction has progressed past certain points.

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

    Certainly the Designers and Approvers have the major responsibility in this process after the receipt of sign offs by Builders/contractors and specialist consultants like Engineers.

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

    That the final structure and finishes are to approved plans as well as codes and standards.

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

    The principal contractor and licence holder.

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

    In my opinion,No.I believe it has become easier to obtain an open full Builders Licence and stronger qualifications and experience should be required.

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

    I would like to see a stronger qualification through the Tafe and University systems as opposed to some of the short course offers through private companys.

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

    I am not an insurance expert but suppose professional indemnity or public liability or even a new specific type.However is not the best insurance the right approval and building process to minimise claim events.Yes,

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

    Yes,value and length of cover is a good start.

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

    Outside of Architectural degrees at a university is there any formal and recognised training and qualification for Designers,clearly a role that a revived Tafe or Universities may be able to fill.It is hard to argue tha

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

    It is hard to not say that any structure that is to home any other person should not be of the highest level with a duty of care so this should apply to the residential sector of any type.

  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?

    The scope is that structure presented and approved on the plans is the finished product and in compliance with codes and practice.I am unsure how far into some types of commercial/industrial works this needs to be carried but i do believe Builders Licencing should still be required there which is currently not the case.

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

    Primarily the home owner.

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