List of recommendations from Building
Confidence—Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems
for the building and construction industry across Australia
That each jurisdiction requires the registration of the
following categories of building practitioners involved in the design,
construction and maintenance of buildings:
Site or Project Manager
Fire Safety Practitioner
That each jurisdiction prescribes consistent requirements
for the registration of building practitioners including:
certificated training which includes compulsory training on the
operation and use of the NCC as it applies to each category of registration;
additional competency and experience requirements;
where it is available, compulsory insurance in the form of
professional indemnity and/or warranty insurance together with financial
viability requirements where appropriate; and
evidence of practitioner integrity, based on an assessment of
fit-and-proper person requirements.
That each jurisdiction requires all practitioners to
undertake compulsory Continuing Professional Development on the National
That each jurisdiction establishes a supervised training
scheme which provides a defined pathway for becoming a registered building
That each state establishes formal mechanisms for a more
collaborative and effective partnership between those with responsibility for
regulatory oversight, including relevant state government bodies, local
governments and private building surveyors (if they have an enforcement role).
That each jurisdiction give regulators a broad suite of
powers to monitor buildings and building work so that, as necessary, they can
take strong compliance and enforcement action.
That each jurisdiction makes public its audit strategy for
regulatory oversight of the construction of Commercial buildings, with annual
reporting on audit findings and outcomes.
That, consistent with the International Fire Engineering
Guidelines, each jurisdiction requires developers, architects, builders,
engineers and building surveyors to engage with fire authorities as part of the
That each jurisdiction establishes minimum statutory
controls to mitigate conflicts of interest and increase transparency of the
engagement and responsibilities of private building surveyors.
That each jurisdiction put in place a code of conduct for
building surveyors which addresses the key matters which, if contravened, would
be a ground for a disciplinary inquiry.
That each jurisdiction provides private building surveyors
with enhanced supervisory powers and mandatory reporting obligations.
That each jurisdiction establishes a building information
database that provides a centralised source of building design and construction
That each jurisdiction requires building approval
documentation to be prepared by appropriate categories of registered
practitioners, demonstrating that the proposed building complies with the
National Construction Code.
That each jurisdiction sets out the information which must
be included in performance solutions, specifying in occupancy certificates the
circumstances in which performance solutions have been used and for what
That each jurisdiction provides a transparent and robust
process for the approval of performance solutions for constructed building
That each jurisdiction provides for a building compliance
process which incorporates clear obligations for the ongoing approval of
amended documentation by the appointed building surveyor throughout a project.
That each jurisdiction requires genuine independent third
party review for specified components of designs and/or certain types of
That each jurisdiction requires on-site inspections of
building work at identified notification stages.
That each jurisdiction requires registered fire safety practitioners
to design, install and certify the fire safety systems necessary in Commercial
That each jurisdiction requires that there be a
comprehensive building manual for Commercial buildings that should be lodged
with the building owners and made available to successive purchasers of the
That the Building Ministers’ Forum agree its position on the
establishment of a compulsory product certification system for high-risk
That the Building Ministers’ Forum develop a national
dictionary of terminology to assist jurisdictions, industry and consumers to
understand the range of terminology used to describe the same or similar terms
and processes in different jurisdictions.
That the Building Ministers’ Forum acknowledges that the
above recommendations are designed to form a coherent package and that they be
implemented by all jurisdictions progressively over the next three years.
That the Building Ministers’ Forum prioritise the
preparation of a plan for the implementation of the recommendations against
which each jurisdiction will report annually.
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