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Posted Aug 08, 2019 THE NSW GOVERNMENT HAS APPOINTED A NEW BUILDING COMMISSIONER  
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The NSW Government has appointed building and construction expert, Mr David Chandler, as the State’s first Building Commissioner. Mr Chandler will start in the position on 14 August 2019. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “the appointment of Mr Chandler was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to implementing the biggest overhaul to building laws in the…

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Posted Aug 01, 2019 NSW Government: 10 Point Construction Action Plan
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In June 2018 the NSW Government’s Construction Leadership Group1 (CLG) issued a ten point commitment to the construction sector. 2 Background and Purpose The CLG plan is in recognition that the NSW Government can only achieve its infrastructure objectives in partnership with the private sector.  The NSW Government has committed to achieving value for money…

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Posted Jul 18, 2019 Next Steps in Building Regulation Reforms – “Building Stronger Foundations”
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On 26 June 2019, the NSW Government released a discussion paper entitled “Building Stronger Foundations” (BSF Report).1 This paper sets out the next steps in legislation reform needed in order to implement the Shergold Weir Builders Confidence Report 2 which was released on 9 February 2018 (Shergold Weir Report). In February 2019 the NSW Government…

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Posted Jul 11, 2019 NSW Proposed Reforms to the Building Industry
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In February 2019 the NSW Government released its response to the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report (“NSW Response”).1 In February 2018 Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir released their report entitled “Building Confidence: Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building industry across Australia” (“Building Confidence Report”).2 This Building Confidence report was commissioned…

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Posted Jul 02, 2019 Mascot Towers and Opal Tower: Changes Imminent for the Construction Industry to Restore Consumer Confidence
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MASCOT TOWERS – EVACUATION On 14 June 2019, residents were evacuated from another building in Sydney, known as Mascot Towers due to structural defects. On that day a letter was issued by the Building Manager stating that (t)he Buildings engineer has carried out a site inspection this afternoon regarding cracking in the transfer slab beams…

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