Discussion paper: Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors

Closes 24 Apr 2020

Opened 13 Mar 2020


Recommendation 10 of the Building Confidence Report (BCR) by Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir recommended the establishment of a nationally consistent code of conduct for Building Surveyors.

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has agreed to the release of a draft Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors (draft model code of conduct). This draft model code of conduct is supported by a draft explanatory statement and draft compliance policy, which set out how the draft model code of conduct could be interpreted and enforced. All these documents are provided as attachments in the Discussion Paper on a Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors.

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The discussion paper explains how the draft model code of conduct was developed and asks questions to help identify how it can be improved. The feedback provided will help the BCR Implementation Team refine and improve the model code of conduct.

Please note: the discussion paper and its attachments have been drafted by the BCR Implementation Team and may not necessarily represent the views of the ABCB.

The BCR Implementation Team

The discussion paper was developed by the BCR Implementation Team in the office of the ABCB. The team was established by the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) in July 2019 to help deliver a national framework for the implementation of the BCR.

Why We Are Consulting

The ABCB agreed in November 2019 that the BCR Implementation Team would develop a Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors to help implement recommendation 10 of the BCR, which was "that each jurisdiction put in place a code of conduct for building surveyors which addresses the key matters which, if contravened, would be grounds for a disciplinary inquiry."

The BCR Implementation Team developed the draft model code of conduct in consultation with selected stakeholders in early 2020. In March 2020 the ABCB agreed to release the discussion paper for public comment.

Providing comment

Stakeholders should note that there are a small number of mandatory questions. These must be answered to complete your submission. This is to ensure responses are appropriately categorised. The majority of questions are not mandatory, and can be skipped if you wish. You may provide as much or as little information as required. 

Responses to questions (preview) on the discussion paper are invited until 11:59PM AEST Friday 24 April 2020. Only comments submitted using the online form will be considered.

If you have any questions submitting your response please contact the BCR Implementation Team.

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  • Government
  • General Public
  • ABCB Board
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