NSW Government to Review Building Certification Laws

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Assistant Minister for Planning Rob Stokes today announced the appointment of former NSW Treasury Secretary, Michael Lambert, to review the Building Professionals Act 2005 and continue to reform the NSW planning system.

The review is the first since the Act commenced in 2007 and established the Building Professionals Board as the independent statutory authority for certifier accreditation.

Mr Stokes said the review of the legislation will take into account sections of the Planning Reform White Paper to deliver a concise list of recommendations for the NSW Government to consider.

“The review’s scope is deliberately broad, so it will be able to take into account all of the research and consultation that has occurred in the areas of building certification and regulation in recent years,” Mr Stokes said.

The review will involve extensive consultation with the community, councils, industry, education providers and government agencies and consider:

·         The building reforms proposed in the 2013 Planning Reform White Paper

·         The report Building Certification and Regulation: Serving a new planning system for NSW

·         Recommendations of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to create a single building regulator and apply a best practice licensing scheme.

“All stakeholders will be able to have a say, not only about whether the Act is achieving its policy objectives but how to address issues of accountability, enforcement and governance,” Mr Stokes said.

“The division of regulatory and enforcement roles between councils, other NSW agencies and the Building Professionals Board are among these issues that will be considered.”

For more information including the Terms of Reference go to www.bpb.nsw.gov.au

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