Builders Back National Agreement On Urgent Building Regulatory Reforms
The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met today (18 July) in Sydney to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector. Ministers also met with industry representatives, including the Master Builders Association, and discussed matters including professional indemnity insurance and implementation of the Building Confidence report.
Master Builders ACT has welcomed the agreement by State and Territory Building Ministers to work with the Federal Government on a consistent Australia-wide approach to implementation of the Shergold-Weir Report recommendations.
“This is a breakthrough that will lead to improved enforcement and compliance with building regulations and standards throughout the building supply chain,” Michael Hopkins, CEO of Master Builders ACT said.
“Master Builders commends the ACT’s Building Minister for representing the ACT at this landmark national meeting, and working with the Federal Government and other State and Territory Ministers on a nationally coordinated approach to building regulation reform,” Mr Hopkins said.
“It’s important that the Ministers have listened to calls from the building and property industries about the need for state and territory governments to get on implementing these vital reforms. However it’s important that they do this with urgency and Master Builders will be calling for a timetable for implementation to be released sooner rather than later,” he said.
“Master Builders ACT welcomes the decision to boost the capacity of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), including through greater building industry representation and the secondment of industry expertise, to respond to the current challenges in the building and property industries,” Mr Hopkins said.
“It is important that the Ministers have recognised the important role training and education plays in improving building quality,” he said.
“Master Builders ACT looks forward to working with the ACT Government to progress the building reform process," Mr Hopkins said.
A copy of the BMF Communique is attached.