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Discussion Paper - Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System

Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association on 2 February 2016
The Government is proposing reforms to the regulatory system, with the primary focus on residential buildingssingle dwellings, townhouses and apartment buildingsand management of retention and project payments. Some of the proposals also apply to non-residential buildings.

Anyone with an interest in building and construction is invited to have their say on the proposals outlined in the paper.

Aims

The proposals aim to create an environment where problems can be avoided in the first place through:

  • better design and documentation at the building approval level
  • a more relevant and comprehensive inspection process
  • improved licensing requirements for builders and building surveyors
  • better information for consumers and practitioners
  • more comprehensive contract provisions
  • a more effective method of protecting retention and building project moneys.
Where problems do arise, the reform proposals look at how they can be resolved more quickly and effectively, saving all parties time, money and angst; for example by:
  • introducing independent 'designated inspectors' to monitor construction of apartment buildings
  • providing better information for consumers and practitioners
  • improving the system for resolving payment disputes
  • introducing an alternative dispute resolution model.

Mistakes have emotional, time and financial costs for the property owners and builders. Up to $600 million is spent annually in the ACT on rectification according to industry and government estimates, which impacts affordability, investment and future growth.

Regulatory changes will improve protections for property owners and purchasers when problems occur, improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and help to create a fairer industry for those who already comply with their obligations.

Please note submissions and survey responses close on 12 February 2016.

The survey cannot be paused or manually saved while you are filling it in. A PDF of the questions is available for you to look at before participating in the online survey.

Important information - the deadline for written submissions remains 12 February 2016, however the survey will be open until Monday 15th February 2016.
Author: LNA Master Landscapers Association
Tags: Industry News

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