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Have your say on the Building Stronger Foundations discussion paper


The NSW Government has released a new discussion paper: Building Stronger Foundations. This is the first step in implementing our response to Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms. Bronwyn Weir’s 'Building Confidence' report. 

Your input is essential to developing these reforms and delivering a stronger building and construction sector in NSW. We are seeking your feedback on the scope of the reforms outlined in the response and how they can be integrated into building regulation and the NSW planning and approvals system. 

Key reforms include: 
1. Requiring building practitioners who are registered as ‘building designers’ to declare plans and performance solutions that are compliant with the Building Code of Australia, and that builders declare that they are built according to these declared plans.

2. Introducing a new registration scheme for ‘building designers’.

3. Ensuring an industry-wide duty of care is owed to subsequent home owners.

4. Appointing a Building Commissioner to act as the consolidated regulator for building in NSW. 
The comments received during this round of consultation will be used to shape the design and scope of the reforms. Stakeholder feedback will also be used to work through the technical and practical issues raised by these reforms. More information is available on our website.  

Have your say by Wednesday 24 July 2019.  

Unknown Author, 2019, NSW Government Fair Trading (

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