reforms to building regulation and certification

The NSW Government Department of Planning & Environment has recently committed to implementing reforms which will affect both builders and certifiers.  An independent review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 suggested 150 reforms, 72 of which have been supported by the government.

The reforms will increase fire safety of all buildings, amalgamate certain Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 provisions, and amend the rules for certifiers under the Building Professionals Act 2005. It is predicted that the final draft of the Building and Development Certifiers Bill will be introduced to Parliament late this year.

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