Master Builders ACT Lodges Submission to Building Quality Inquiry

Posted 28 November 2018

Master Builders ACT Lodges Submission to Building Quality Inquiry

Master Builders ACT has today lodged its submission to the ACT Inquiry into Building Quality.

This current (2018) inquiry comes after a long history of inquiries and reviews of the ACT's building regulatory system, namely in 2010 and 2016. Master Builders ACT has made submissions to each of these inquiries.

Because of industry leadership on the issue of ACT building quality, over the past decade MBA members, other industry bodies, owner's corporation groups and community Councils have come together to form a united view that urgent action is needed to reform the ACT building regulatory system.

The MBA ACT submission highlights the extensive research, reports and inquiries on this topic since 2010, and has attached more than 220 pages of previous building quality reports which contain recommendations which are largely incomplete or still in progress.

Significantly, a report released earlier this year and prepared by Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir for the Australian State and Territory Minister's titled the "Building Confidence Report" has supported a number of these previous recommendations, giving a national focus on the issue.

The MBA submission has also highlighted the important role that industry education and training plays to improve building quality. MBA Group Training already provides high quality training for apprentices, however our submission has highlighted the need to continue training throughout the career of all building practioners. This concept should also apply to design professionals, supervisors and other contractors.

Public hearings on the submissions received are expected next year.

More information about the Inquiry into ACT Building Quality can be found here.

A copy of the MBA ACT submission can be downloaded here.

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