Over the last few months, I have addressed a number of interstate conferences and the banter is all about the imminent demise of private certification. If this is correct, how did it get to this?

A trip down memory lane will provide some of the answers. Private certification was established in the early 1990s. By the mid-90s, it was prevalent in all Australian jurisdictions albeit in different guises. The system allowed one to choose either a private certifier or a council building surveyor to issue…