Building Stronger Foundations

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Peter Hopper, BE (Hons) (UTS/NSWIT) & Sharon Lambert CPA

  • Authorised delegate/contact person

    Peter Hopper, BE (Hons) (UTS/NSWIT) & Sharon Lambert CPA

  • Position

  • Organisation

Questions on possible options

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


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


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

    Compulsory lodgement to electronic database.

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

    When they dont actually comply.

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

    Ultimate certification by/for the Building Commissioner electronically attached to the original/modified plans in the database.

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

    Independent inspection and assessment by/for the Building Commissioner based on the declaration of the builder.

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


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

    We have a current problem, so probably not.

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

    Expertise (theoretical & practical) in relevant field.

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

    Adequate cover (value, duration, etc) as prescribed by legislation.

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

    Adequate value and appropriate duration etc to cover any foreseeable or unforeseeable circumstances.

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

    Expertise (theoretical & practical) in relevant field.

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


  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?


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


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