Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Australia's Building Mess!

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes


Leichhardt DCP 17 for 
all new houses and 
major renovations and 
5 Energy Advice leaflets 
produced by Ted Floyd, 
Friends of the Earth, 1994 

This inquiry was established on 4 July 2019 to inquire into and report on the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes.

Terms of Reference:

Inquiry into the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes
1. That the Public Accountability Committee inquire into and report on the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes by government agencies in New South Wales,

(a) the role of private certification in protecting building standards, including:(i)conflicts of interest
(ii) effectiveness of inspections
(iii) accountability of private certifiers
(iv) alternatives to private certifiers,

(b) the adequacy of consumer protections for owners and purchasers of new
apartments/dwellings, and limitations on building insurance and compensation schemes,including:
(i) the extent of insurance coverage and limitations of existing statutory protections
(ii) the effectiveness and integrity of insurance provisions under the Home Building Act 1989
(iii) liability for defects in apartment buildings,

(c) the role of strata committees in responding to building defects discovered in common property, including the protections offered for all strata owners in disputes that impact on only a minority of strata owners,

(d) case studies related to flammable cladding on NSW buildings and the defects discovered in Mascot Towers and the Opal Tower,

(e) the current status and degree of implementation of recommendations of reports into the building industry including the Lambert report 2016, the Shergold/Weir report 2018 and the Opal Tower investigation final report 2019, and

(f) any other related matter.

2.That the committee table an interim report as soon as practical and its final report by 14 February 2020.

Online questionnaire
As part of this inquiry, the committee is seeking the views of interested stakeholders via an online questionnaire. Responses are due by Sunday 4 August 2019.

Organisations and individuals seeking to provide more detailed responses can make submissions. Submissions are due by Sunday 28 July 2019.

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