The Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) has welcomed tough new building industry laws that unanimously passed through NSW Parliament overnight.

CEO Chris Knierim regards this massive reform as a huge step forward. The BDAA has been advocating for more than 15 years for crucial reform to the building industry, and this legislation combined with the introduction of the E-Portal is a significant step in the right direction.

The passing of the Design & Building Practitioners Bill 2019, will include reforms to ensure that all Builders, Building Designers, Engineers and other design practitioners will be registered through a rigorous assessment process.

Under these new laws, Building Designers in NSW will be required to register to lodge applications. They will be held accountable for all work and must hold relevant professional indemnity insurance all of which falls back to the BDAA accreditation scheme.

In other exciting news, the ministers have acknowledged that the BDAA three tiered, accreditation scheme presides as an industry benchmark; the government, in fact, is striving for other associations to adopt a similar scheme, which means that BDAA accredited members will face a more direct, stream lined path way to the achievement of being a registered practitioner.

Chris has been asked to attend today’s media press conference regarding this issue, and has been invited to make additional media appearances on this matter.

BDAA Media Statement – Building designers applaud industry reform legislation by NSW Government 03062020