The NSW Government is implementing a package of reforms to strengthen NSW’s building regulation and certification system.
The reform package follows an independent review of the Building Professionals Act 2005, known as the 'Lambert Review'. The review found a number of issues with the NSW building regulation and certification system and made a number of recommendations to strengthen and simplify the system.
The initial priorities are:
See below for further information on the initial priorities.
The NSW Government has enacted reforms to improve fire safety for both new and existing buildings. The changes relate to complex buildings and do not affect single dwellings or related outbuildings like garages and carports.
The fire safety reforms, introduced by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017 (the Amending Regulation), have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders, and represent a critical first step towards strengthening the NSW building regulation and certification system.
In 2016, the NSW Government announced a commitment to take action to strengthen fire safety certification for new and existing buildings. The Amending Regulation helps improve the rigour and checking in the design, approval, construction and maintenance phases of the building lifecycle. These amendments have been developed in close consultation with industry and the community.
The NSW Government acknowledges the need to improve the Building Professionals Act 2005 to strengthen requirements relating to the accreditation, investigation, auditing and disciplining of certifying authorities.
The NSW Government intends to replace the Act with a new Building and Development Certifiers Act. A draft exposure Bill will be placed on public exhibition in late 2017 with the final Bill introduced to Parliament following the review of the public submissions received.
The fire safety regulations represent the start of the reform process. Work is continuing to identify opportunities to further review and improve the building regulation and certification system.
A variety recommendations were made in the final report of the independent review of the Building Professionals Act 2005.
The NSW Government’s has committed to assessing these recommendations and will consider the need for further reforms to improve the building regulation and certification system into the future.
Any future reforms will be subject to consultation prior to being finalised and implemented.
Page last updated: 21/11/2017