The NSW government has released draft legislation that seeks to increase compliance in the building and construction industry. The ‘Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019’ comes as a response to the recommendations provided by Shergold Weir Report, with the proposal addressing the following key points:

  • Requirement of design and building practitioners to issue compliance declarations in accordance with Building Code of Australia (BCA).
  • Implementation of a compliance and enforcement regime involving strict penalties for non-compliance.
  • Increased registration and insurance obligations for designers and builders.
  • Provision of statutory avenues that allow owners to claim against builders for economic loss due to defective building..

The NSW Government intends to present a final Bill to parliament by the end of the year, and is aiming to consult on Regulations which will be introduce alongside the bill in 2020. If you would like to find out more about the proposed Bill, please click here.

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