Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 9 August 2016
The ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Building and Construction Amendment Bill 2016 on the 2nd of August this year.
The amendments will commence the day after they have been notified on the Legislation Register; this notification is due to take place around the end of August and the LNA will inform you once this has occurred. The expansion of the warranties that form part of this amendment will commence on a date yet to be fixed by the Minister, the Honourable Mick Gentleman, but must commence with 12 months of the notification.
The Building and Construction Amendment Bill 2016 is part of the reforms to the ACT Building Regulatory System announced in June this year and enables the implementation of reforms including documentation standards for building approvals and codes of practice for builders and building certifiers.
The aim of the Bill is to:
Improve the operation and understanding of the building certification system and better outline the functions of a certifier, as well as provide new powers in the Act to include codes of practice and guidelines for building approvals, stage inspections, certification and building design documentation
Help prevent licensees with poor compliance histories from setting up new licences or shifting their business to another licence
Increase the range of actions that can be taken when a licensee is no longer able to hold a licence
Better outline the obligations of corporate and partnership licensees and their nominee builders
Increase the maximum payment ACAT can impose in an Occupational Discipline Order from $1000 to $20,000 for an individual and from $5000 to $100,000 for a corporation
Expand the statutory warranties to all private residential buildings.
The Government has also committed to further consultation on reforms for protections offered for owners and users of building and construction services, including residential building insurance.
To see a detailed explanation of the Bill and amendments, click here.
To read more about the Government's building reform program, click here.