The AAC has been campaigning for the wider licensing of building designers, subcontractors and engineers for over 15 years. The latest proposed plan demands for all professionals involved in the design, installation, and approval of buildings to be insured and credited.
AAC CEO Jill Brookfield said the recent issues with the Opal Tower highlighted the necessity for the overdue reforms.
“For too long, governments in NSW have failed to act to ensure robustness and accountability in the construction industry in NSW”, Brookfield said.
“Under current regulations there is no requirement for structural or services engineers to undertake inspections of structural or services elements in buildings.”
“The AAC is writing to all political stakeholders in NSW seeking both support for the platform, and undertakings to promptly implement after the State election.”
The AAC’s eight-point plan:
- All professionals involved in the design, installation and approvals process must be accredited and insured.
- All key personnel in the process who are not accredited must be licensed and be required to prove their competency at regular intervals.
- All documents related to the certification of a building should be in a standard form developed by industry and Government.
- All persons involved in the certification of any engineering design or technical aspect of construction must issue a certificate on a standard form.
- Comprehensive auditing of all accredited or licensed persons.
- All parties involved in the building product supply chain need to be accountable for the products they prescribe, specify, purchase and use.
- Amend the BASIX scheme to allow applicants to design buildings based on predetermined standards.
- Strengthen the administration of building regulation in NSW by bringing building regulations and control functions into one portfolio, reporting to one Minister.