Building reforms


The ACT Government is taking action to strengthen the regulation and integrity of the ACT building industry with the announcement of a series of important reforms to the ACT building regulatory system.

Following a comprehensive community and industry consultation process, these reforms will set the parameters for high quality design, building and training practices across the ACT, giving certainty to both property owners and industry.

We will achieve this through:

The first step was making changes to the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Act 2016 to ensure:

The Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill which was passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly on 2 August 2016. The majority of amendments came into effect on 20 August 2016.

What is happening now and in the future

We are working through the reforms, with many already complete or in progress. Review the areas of building reform, including their status.

New documentation guideline for building approval applications

Reform 1 in the building regulatory reform program is the introduction of a new documentation guideline for building approval applications.

A preview version of the guideline is now available for industry before a final version is adopted under the Building Act in June.

The guideline covers minimum documentation and information for building approval applications for class 2-9 buildings. This includes apartment buildings, commercial accommodation and other commercial buildings.

Review the guideline.

Exams for new Class A, Class B and Class C builder licence applications

Reform 9 in the program is to expand the written assessment prepared for the pilot for Class C licensees to incorporate additional subjects, and create assessments for A and B class licensees. This reform has been delivered. Applicants for new Class A or Class B builder licences will need to sit and pass an examination set by the Construction Occupations Registrar for the relevant licence class.

The purpose of the examination is to determine whether applicants have an adequate level of knowledge of the obligations of a building licensee and the ability to read and interpret relevant information to be able to meet their obligations.

Find out more about builder licence examinations.

Who is involved

The building industry and community were invited to contribute to the reforms in 2016. We asked for feedback on the ACT Building Regulatory System Review discussion paper (PDF 965 KB) via email and paper submissions, an online survey and forums, and face-to-face workshops.

Read the Improving the ACT Building and Regulatory System Consultation Report (PDF 7.2MB).

More information

Download the Quality Building, Vibrant City Consumer Factsheet (PDF 486KB) or the Quality Building, Vibrant City Industry Factsheet (PDF 482KB).

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