Earlier this month, the Tasmanian government announced an overhaul of its building control regime and a review of its Building Act. The current Act largely reflects the National Model Building Act, which in turn is based on concepts of the early nineties. The NMBA was developed under the auspices of the AUBRCC, the predecessor of the Australian Building Codes Board.

Tasmania has the opportunity to get it right and adopt world best practice in building control.  First, however, the government needs to be clear about the purpose of reform, and ask itself whether or not the Act as it stands is truly broken and if not, why it needs to…