Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System Review

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:

  • improving documentation at the building approval stage
  • implementing a more relevant and comprehensive building inspection and audit process
  • improving licensing requirements for builders and building surveyors
  • providing better information for consumers and practitioners
  • establishing stronger, more comprehensive standards of practice and contracting.

The first steps in the significant reforms are already underway. On 2 August 2016 the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill was passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly. The majority of amendments came into effect on 20 August 2016.

The Bill is a key part of building sector reforms to ensure buildings in the ACT meet contemporary standards and expectations and remain effective and relevant to the industry and community.

Reforms to the ACT building regulatory system

The full reform program and the status of reforms are in the Status of Reforms update below. The timing of remaining reforms is in the Forward Work Plan.

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. From 22 February 2019, applicants for new for a Class A or Class B builder licence 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.

For more information about the exams and frequently asked questions go to https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/4716#!tabs-1.

Community consultation

Public consultation on the ACT Building Regulatory System ran from 23 November to 15 February 2016. Consultation was based on the ACT Building Regulatory System Review discussion paper

Industry and community members submitted feedback via email and paper submissions, online survey and forums, and face to face workshops.

Want to know more?

To be kept informed about the ACT Building Regulatory System Review and further opportunities for input, please email: ConstructionPolicy@act.gov.au.

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