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Posted May 03, 2016 Asbestos Dangers For Homeowners, Home Buyers And Renovators

The Australian Government’s “Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA)” released a report in February 2016 containing the results of a survey on asbestos awareness among residential home buyers and renovators. The ASEA report raised a number of issues as to the ongoing awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the potential for an increase in…

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Posted Mar 22, 2016 Design Liabilities

Who is a Designer? A designer for the purposes of construction is usually thought to be the person preparing and providing the plans or digital models of the structure of a building, or building component, which are relied on to construct the structure. This is commonly thought to be the architect or engineer. There is…

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Posted Feb 01, 2016 Major Reforms proposed to HBCF and SOPA

The NSW Government (Government) announced late in 2015 that they would be conducting reviews into: a)Reform of the Home Building Compensation Fund; and b)Reform of the Security of Payment legislation. Discussion papers have been issued by Fair Trading to canvas several reform options and to seek input from industry participants on any proposed reform. The…

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Posted Feb 01, 2016 Building Information Modelling and Insurance

BIM and the Future Building Information Modelling (BIM) is being promoted as the way forward for the planning and construction of major infrastructure and construction projects. The Australian government has not mandated for the use of high level BIM in government projects, however, a number of other countries such as the UK, Singapore and South…

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Posted Nov 02, 2015 Impending Changes to Strata Legal Services Obligations

A new Bill for the management of Strata Schemes has been passed in the New South Wales parliament and will come into force in July 2016. The Bill contains revisions of the Strata Schemes Management Act (1996) (Act), including section 80D which provides guidelines for the engagement of legal services. Section 80D Section 80D provides…

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