Community feedback is being sough on proposed laws which would make building regulations more transparent, plus increase accountability and quality of work in the building and construction sector.
The NSW Government wants reforms regarding adhering to building codes, all building practitioners to be registered, allowing compensation for owners when a practitioner has been negligent, and the appointment of a Building Commissioner.
The four key reforms:
- 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 improper conduct.
The public has until July 23 to have their say, which will then allow for the new laws to be drafted and introduced into the state parliament.
The appointment of the Building Commissioner is expected to be finalised in coming weeks. For more information visit the Fair Trading website: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au