In the wake of building disasters, reliable certifiers are supported.

NSW has passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019. Put forward in the wake of multiple high-profile building failures and issues with substandard works in the state, it will increase accountability in the construction sector and improve outcomes for consumers.

The legislation finally ensures that building designers and building practitioners are registered in NSW and holds them more accountable for their work on building sites.

In addition to increased registration, the Bill puts additional obligations onto practitioners to deliver a building compliant with regulations and establishes a duty of care on construction workers to avoid economic loss caused by defects arising from the work. It includes registration scheme and enforcement elements.

Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC) CEO, Jill Brookfield, said the Bill will increase accountability, protect consumers, and weed out practitioners doing the wrong thing. “The passage of this Bill is a win for the community and a win for every building practitioner who wants their industry cleaned up,” Brookfield said.

“For too long, unregistered building and design practitioners have been allowed to work on NSW construction sites without any accountability. These reforms mean their days are coming to an end.”

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