- Building Ministers’ Meeting establishes new minimum standards for accessible dwellings
- Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP currently in review
- 4 steps to acquiring a Construction Certificate and Development Application approval in Sydney
- How to achieve a cost-effective building design
- Draft Local Environmental Plan now on exhibition for the City of Parramatta Council
- Changes to Home Building Act now in effect
- New Housing Diversity SEPP to hinder build-to-rent and seniors housing developments
- Update on developer contributions
- Low Rise Housing Diversity Code now operating in all NSW local government areas
- NCC 2019 Amendment 1 has taken effect!
- The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW)
- Changes to what is deemed "physical commencement"
- COVID-19 buys time on DA process
- Alternative assessment introduced for large boarding houses
- Draft Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019
- Canterbury LEP changes to Boarding Houses
- The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (MDHC) has been deferred again
- Changes to Certifiers' compliance powers and new provisions for CC's and OC's
- The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code has been deferred
- NCC 2019 has taken effect!
- The introduction of the Options Paper - ‘Improving Certifier Independence’
- NSW Combustible Cladding Regulation
- IHAPS to be introduced for all Sydney Councils
- New simplified housing code
- BASIX energy targets to change
- Guide to building tolerances is released
- General Housing Code changes
- Introduction of the Inland Housing Code for Complying Development
- Complying development for dual occupancies and townhouses
- Positive changes to Home Building Compensation Fund
- New online planning tools
- BCA 2015
- Swimming Pools are now required to be registered
- NSW Government releases green paper
- BASIX Certificates are no longer free
- SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 Amendment 2011
The introduction of the Options Paper - ‘Improving Certifier Independence’ - 5 Oct, 2018
The NSW Government is making improvements to reinforce the building and certification system and up until 30th October 2018, you can have your say.
It is aimed at determining whether an alternative appointment process for private certifiers should be introduced for certain types of developments and if so, which process is most effective at managing conflicts of interest.
Through the introduction of the “Options Paper,” three potential methods for selection have been brought forward. The Paper explores the possibility of introducing these methods to developments that meet certain criteria. Developments must be Class 2 to 9 buildings above three storeys, with a total floor area of over 2,000 square metres and valued at over $5 million.
This will essentially minimise the opportunities for the certifiers to face pressures that could compromise their ability to act in the public interest.
What does this mean for Certifiers?
The proposal will see the replacement of the Building Professionals Act 2005 with the Building and Development Certifiers Bill 2018 (The Bill).
The Bill aims to strengthen the certification system in NSW by:
- clarifying certifier roles and responsibilities
- improving independence of certifiers
- tightening licensee morality requirements
- improving licensing administration
- advancing complaint handling and disciplinary measures
About the Options Paper
The Options Paper describes thresholds that, if met, would require the development to be subject to one of the three options considered by the Paper, as below:
Option 1: The rotation scheme
Similar to a lottery system, this option involves the establishment of an eligibility list with certifiers who are selected at random from a list
Option 2: The cab rank scheme
This option involves the creation of an eligibility list where the next available certifier would be appointed to work on a development that meets the thresholds, similar to a cab rank
Option 3: The time limit scheme
This scheme involves enforcing a limit on the amount of time a certifier can continually work for the same client. It will require the certifier to take a three-year break from a client after a certain period of time
The NSW Government invites the public to have their say on the Options Paper and welcomes feedback from here by 30th October 2018 to be emailed to BDCBill2018@finance.nsw.gov.au.
- Building Ministers’ Meeting establishes new minimum standards for accessible dwellings - 30 Apr, 2021
- Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP currently in review - 31 Mar, 2021
- 4 steps to acquiring a Construction Certificate and Development Application approval in Sydney - 2 Feb, 2021
- How to achieve a cost-effective building design - 27 Jan, 2021
- Draft Local Environmental Plan now on exhibition for the City of Parramatta Council - 2 Sep, 2020
- Changes to Home Building Act now in effect - 31 Aug, 2020
- New Housing Diversity SEPP to hinder build-to-rent and seniors housing developments - 24 Aug, 2020
- Update on developer contributions - 22 Jul, 2020
- Low Rise Housing Diversity Code now operating in all NSW local government areas - 1 Jul, 2020
- NCC 2019 Amendment 1 has taken effect! - 1 Jul, 2020