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NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act and Regulations

The NSW Design and Building Practitioners Regulations came into force on 1st July, 2021.

There are two levels of registration available for building designers under the Regulations – Low Rise and Medium Rise. The eligibility criteria for these can be found at:

www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/trades-and-businesses/construction-and-trade-essentials/design-and-building-practitioners/eligibility-criteria

In addition to the academic standards, applicants for registration must also complete and pass two training modules –

a. The Value of Australian Standards learning module – available now on the Construct NSW Digital Learning platform at:

The course cost is $140 (incl GST)

b. Navigating the Design and Building Practitioner (DBP) Legislation learning module – available now on the Construct NSW Digital Learning platform at:

The course cost is $140 (incl GST)

Applicants must also obtain a NSW Police check, provide copies of their qualification/s, undertake prescribed CPD and carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Transition Provisions

 The BDAA has been successful in negotiating with the NSW Government a transition pathway for Class 2 Building Designer Registration where an applicant may not hold the required qualifications. This pathway will be available until the 30th June, 2022.

 The building designer must meet the knowledge and skills requirements for this class of registration and must successfully complete a BDAA competency assessment. The applicant must have 10 years, or

Equivalent, part-time, practical experience within the last 15 years. including at least 2 years Aust ra li an experience. This practical experience must be relevant to this class of registration involving a class 2, 3, 9a or 9c building.

Process of Assessment under the Transition Provisions

Not Yet Accredited?

Those building designers who do not hold current BDAA accreditation will be required to undergo a full accreditation assessment for the level of registration that they are seeking (either Low Rise or Medium Rise). This process would follow the normal accreditation process that is described in the BDAA Accreditation Program documents.

However, projects submitted for assessment must be of Cl ass 2 design and applicants will undergo an interview along with completing an NCC questionnaire.

These applicants will receive a BDAA Accreditation Certificate along with a Certificate of Competence that they can submit with their D&BP registration application.

The cost of this assessment will be $1320 (incl GST) + the $385 fee for the Government mandated intervi ew.

Already Accredited?

Those building designers who already hold BDAA Accreditation will be required to undergo an audit of their competence prior to the issuing of the Competency Certificate that· is required by the Department.

Those undertaking this enhanced audit for registration will be required to provide a copy of their PII Certificate of Currency, a summary of their CPD activities for the previous 12 months and 2 sets of working drawings of recent Class 2 projects, including project specific specifications for these projects.

These audits will also include an interview along with completing an NCC questionnaire.

For building designers who have undertaken accreditation within the past 12 months, we will require you to provide samples of Class 2 designs, a completed NCC questionnaire and undertake an interview.

Accredited building designers wishing to undertake this audit will be required to complete the Audit Application form.

These applicants will receive a Certificate of Competence that they can submit with their D&BP registration application.

The cost of this assessment will be $385 (incl GST)

Upgrading Your Accreditation

Should you only hold Level 3 (Low Rise) Accreditation and you wish to apply for Level 2 ( Medium Rise) registration, then you will need to upgrade your BDAA accreditation accordingly by completing the Medium Rise application form at the time of applying for an audit.

These applicants will receive a BDAA Accreditation Certificate along with a Certificate of Competence that they can submit with their D&BP registration application.

The upgrade cost is $660 (incl GST) + the $385 fee for the Government mandated intervi ew.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the above, please email Policy Director, Ian Bassett, at policy@bdaa.com.au.

DBP Information and Quick Links

The Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act and Regulations impose multiple new obligations on design practitioners. To ensure our members are across the requirements and the implications these entail, we strongly encourage all designers practicing in NSW to familiarise themselves with the information and resources curated here.

CHANGES START TO TAKE EFFECT FROM 1 JULY 2021

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Disclaimer

The BDAA cannot guarantee that once you have completed this assessment that you will automatically satisfy NSW Fair Trading’s requirements for registration under the Design and Building Practitioners Regulations. The BDAA will issue you with a Certificate of Competence appropriate to the level of registration that you are applying for that satisfies the academic qualification component under the Transitional Provisions provided by Fair Trading for registration. The experience and project samples that you submit for your registration is between you and Fair Trading, and the BDAA does not have any control over this aspect of your registration.