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11 July 2019
Have your say on Building Stronger Foundations
The NSW Government is continuing to progress reforms to the building and construction sector through the release of a discussion paper, Building Stronger Foundations (the discussion paper). The discussion paper takes the first steps in implementing our response to Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms. Bronwyn Weir’s Building Confidence: effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia report (the Response).
Industry input is vital in perfecting these reforms and delivering on a stronger building and construction sector in NSW for building professionals and the community. We are seeking feedback on the scope of the reforms outlined in the Response and how they can be integrated into building regulation and the NSW planning and approvals system.
Key reforms include:
- Requiring categories of building practitioners who are registered as ‘building designers’ to declare plans and performance solutions are compliant with the Building Code of Australia, and that builders declare that they are built according to these declared plans;
- Introducing a new registration scheme for ‘building designers’;
- Ensuring an industry-wide duty of care is owed to subsequent home owners; and
- Appointing a Building Commissioner to act as the consolidated regulator for building in NSW.
Have your say
Read the discussion paper on our consultation page and have your say before 11.59pm on Wednesday 24 July 2019.
The comments received during this round of consultation will used to shape the design and scope of the reforms. Stakeholder feedback will also be used to work through the technical and practical issues raised by these reforms.
You can also read the media release.