Foundations: Discussion Paper
In February 2019, the
NSW Government released their response to the Shergold Weir
Building Confidence Report which included supporting the vast
majority of the Report’s recommendations as well as an additional four reforms.
Due to recent events
impacting the residential building industry and the Mascot Towers evacuation on
14 June, the NSW Government is now making building reforms a priority.
A requirement for buildings
to be designed and constructed to plans that fully comply with the Building
Code of Australia,
A requirement that
all building practitioners, including building designers, architects and
engineers, be registered to ensure they have the appropriate skills and
insurance, and can be held accountable for their actions,
Introduction of a
new industry-wide principle of duty of care, enabling home owners to seek
compensation if a building practitioner has been negligent, and
Appointment of a
Building Commissioner, who will regulate all aspects of the NSW building
industry and have the power to investigate and take disciplinary action for
The NSW Government
has released a discussion paper Building Stronger Foundations.
paper takes the first steps in implementing the NSW Government Response to the
national report Building Confidence: effectiveness of compliance and
enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia,
prepared by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir.
The discussion paper
includes a status update on the 24 recommendations in the report as well as
expanding on the four additional reforms that were announced in the NSW
Government Response. The discussion paper outlines further information on these
four reforms and presents 30 questions requesting feedback.
The closing date for
submissions is 23 July 2019.
To ensure full
consultation on these reforms we will be conducting consultation with the
industry, utilising its Building Reforms Working Group to provide feedback and
will be drafting a submission with input from members.
Read the discussion
paper here. We
welcome all views and comments and if you would like to provide feedback,
please send an email to Emma Ashton at email@example.com