Discussion Paper: Integrity of private building surveyors and their role in enforcement - a response to the Building Confidence Report

Closes 27 Apr 2021

Opened 2 Mar 2021

Overview

In 2017, Building Minsters authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations for a best practice model for compliance and enforcement, to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC).

To varying degrees, all jurisdictions rely on private building surveyors as part of their building approvals process. During this process commercial relationships inevitably form between private building surveyors and those seeking their services.

BCR recommendations 9 and 11 relate specifically private building surveyors. The objectives of these recommendations are to:

  • mitigate conflicts of interest;
  • increase transparency in engagement and statutory responsibilities; and
  • provide enhanced supervisory powers and require mandatory reporting.

Meeting these objectives will help increase compliance with the NCC, state and territory legislation and NCC referenced documents.

To fulfil these recommendations, the BCR identifies 11 minimum necessary statutory controls and supporting measures required in each jurisdiction's building approval process. For the purposes of developing benchmarked minimum model guidance, as requested by Building Ministers, these have been defined as 10 principles. It is expected that state and territory governments will have regard to these principles, and the corresponding model guidance, when reforming their legislation

The BCR Implementation Team has developed a discussion paper to facilitate input into the content of the model guidance that will underpin each principle.

Why we are consulting

Feedback on the proposed model guidance for BCR recommendations 9 and 11 will improve the rigour of the work by capturing the views of regulators, industry and the public.

The full discussion paper can be accessed below or downloaded from the bottom of this page. 

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Providing a response

Responses to questions in the discussion paper are open until 11:59PM AEST Monday 26 April 2021. Only responses submitted using the online form will be considered.

If you have a question about this consultation, please contact the BCR Implementation Team.

Thank you for your feedback.

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