Release of national report into compliance and enforcement
At the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) meeting on 27 April 2018, Ministers discussed the final report published by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir entitled: Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia.
Professor Shergold and Ms Weir were commissioned by the BMF to independently assess the broader compliance and enforcement problems within the building and construction systems across Australia.
The report’s conclusions and recommendations provide the BMF with a significant package of reforms intended to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC). The terms of reference and the final report are available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.
Ministers will examine the report’s findings and recommendations in detail and have agreed to discuss future directions and next steps at the next BMF meeting. At a state level, the recommendations will be considered when developing of the regulations that will support the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
All agreed outcomes of the April BMF are detailed in the 27 April BMF Communique including:
a Regulatory Impact Assessment to examine minimum accessibility standards for housing;
fire safety in childcare centres; and
energy efficiency measures for residential buildings.
For more information about the BMF, visit the BMF website.