The Design and Building Practitioners Bill will call for builders and designers to be registered, plans to be declared publicly and designs to comply with the Building Code of Australia.
Builders will be obligated to homeowners, which Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson says will facilitate any claims of damages, without having to undergo an extended legal battle.
In introducing the bill, the minister said that the coalition intends to enhance NSW building and construction standards.
Greens MP David Shoebridge said the bill possesses no substance, said it failed to be retrospective and would be of no help to homeowners experiencing current issues.
The bill probably will be debated in several weeks, following scrutiny by the opposition.
Anderson stated that failure to comply with the regulations could incur fines of up to $330,000 and two years in jailtime.
The state’s new building commissioner, David Chandler, stated in August that the industry’s repute was in need of restoration after situations involving cracked apartment blocks.
He praised the idea that builders would now be compelled to produce documentation that amounts to a declaration of fitness for construction.
Residents of the Opal Tower block in Sydney Olympic Park were told to leave last Christmas Eve after cracks in the building elicited fears of its collapse, while those residing in Mascot Towers were forced to depart in June because of cracking in the primary support structure and facade.
Admitting they would not be able to seek redress with this bill, Anderson declared the government had drawn a line in the sand.
He also stated that anyone with issues could approach third parties like owners’ corporations and insurance companies for assistance.
The minister argued that those who wish to become homeowners should exercise due diligence.