There has been a lot in the media about the building industry in the last few years.
As a result of the defects exposed by the likes of the Opal and Mascot Towers buildings and residential apartment fires of London’s Grenfell and Melbourne’s Lacrosse buildings, one might say a call for building regulatory reform across Australia was inevitable.
What was the government’s response?
The Building Ministers Forum (BMF) commissioned the Building Confidence Report (BCR). Its aim was to assess the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems within the building and construction industry.
The BCR provided recommendations for a nationally consistent best practice model for the building and construction industry. The report highlighted shortcomings in the implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC) and gaps in the accountability of practitioners with key responsibilities for compliance with the NCC.
One of the longer-term outcomes of the reform is to see a broad increase in awareness of accountability within the building and construction industry. Increased NCC training and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes would result in an industry wide understanding that all participants involved in the design, construction, and compliance of a building, have a role to play.
If you would like to dig deeper into this, the full report can be found here.