ABCB chief executive officer Neil Savery revealed that this new job was bestowed upon the board by the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) in July.
At its July meeting session, the BMF – a forum consisting of federal and state ministers responsible for building and construction in their specific jurisdictions – gave the ABCB a leadership role in creating a nationally uniform plan toward the implementation of recommendations outlined in the Building Confidence report, compiled for the BMF by Professor Peter Shergold and attorney Bronwyn Weir.
In accordance with this new task, a new ABCB team will cultivate a national framework to oversee the consistent execution of Shergold Weir recommendations in all states and territories across Australia. The plan of the ABCB is to address noted challenges to the building sector, and the board as a whole will grow to include an expanded membership that more greatly represents the industry. The board as a whole will become a temporary national resource to set standards for the implementation of the Shergold Weir recommendations.
This new job won’t come without challenges for the ABCB, who will have to balance existing resources and priorities with all its new tasks. The board will have to balance its new responsibilities with ongoing activities, like the development of the National Construction Code. And they might have to tackle tasks like model regulation, which they are not usually accustomed to performing.
Savery believes that the board was awarded this new job due to its well-established structure and skill sets; although in order to perform its related tasks, the board must enhance its resources and ability base while still completing its everyday duties—all to successful effect.
The board will be faced with meeting public and industry expectations, and those of stakeholders—some of whom Savery believes might expect the ABCB to resolve all of the industry’s issues.
It’s important to note that the ABCB is not expected to implement building reform, but to cultivate a national framework to oversee the consistent implementing of Shergold Weir recommendations. States and territories must individually implement and enforce suggested reforms by way of their own building legislation and rules.
This is a complex process that will demand input and assistance from local and national governments, industry professionals, building consumers and end users, etc.
Savery says that the ABCB has developed a new strategic plan that will facilitate this increase in their workload, through a large expansion of its resources, budget, skill network, etc. Once presiding ministers agree to its plan of action, the board can get to work on helping to manage the ‘rebuilding’ of a better Australia.