Restoring industry confidence through historic building reforms - Hon Gabrielle Upton MP

Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton today announced that the NSW Government has delivered on its promise to restore public confidence in the building industry by passing the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 in NSW Parliament today.

Ms Upton said, “Members of the community should feel confident about the construction industry being a transparent and accountable industry and these important new reforms aim to do that.”

The Bill was developed through extensive consultation with industry stakeholders and the public, and will ensure NSW has a leading system of design and building regulation that delivers well-constructed buildings into the future.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson said, “This Bill is all about putting consumers first by giving those entering the property market peace of mind that their home will be expertly designed and built in compliance with the Australian Building Codes.”

“Owners of apartment buildings with defects will benefit immediately from the statutory duty of care that applies to all new buildings and those less than ten years old.”

Also introduced to NSW Parliament this week is the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020, boosting the Building Commissioner’s power to stop dubious builders and developers in their tracks.

The NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM, will be leading the regulator’s implementation of both Bills, through an expert team of up to 60 new staff who will undertake increased investigation, audit and compliance activities.

“Combined, these two Bills put the interests of consumers first and show that the Government is serious about lifting the standard of work across the building and construction sector,” Mr Chandler said.

The two pieces of legislation form one part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive six part reform agenda to lift standards and accountability in the building sector.

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