Building Stronger Foundations

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Builders Collective of Australia

  • Authorised delegate/contact person

    Phil Dwyer

  • Position


  • Organisation

    Builders Collective of Australia

Questions on possible options

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

    All plans associated with the building permit

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

    Only major variations

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


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


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

    Within the certifiers final document as a statement

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

    The builder should accompany the certifier for all mandatory inspections with a sign off on the certifiers documentation

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

    The principle builder listed on the building permit

  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, the short courses run by RTOs and trade associations are inadequate and unacceptable and have led to the decline in the quality of buildings.

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

    Good character, financial ability aligned to the level of building work. Skillsets suitable for the category being applied for.

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

    PI Insurance the same as other professionals

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

    The same that exists for other building professionals

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

    Full knowledge of the BCA & NCC

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

    While the builder should always be the principle for the building site all other practitioners should be registered and have a duty of care to the principle builder

  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?

    A duty of care should apply to all building works by all registered practitioners

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

    All consumers who enter into a building contract with a builder together with those building under the mandatory threshold for obtaining a building permit.

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