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Joint Select Committee on the Quality of Buildings

A Joint Select Committee has been appointed to consider and report upon the quality of buildings

Hearings for the inquiry start on Monday 6 May. For information about hearing
times and topics click here.

The Joint Select Committee on the Quality of Buildings is now calling for
submisions to this inquiry. The closing date for submissions is Friday 19 April
2002. Submissions should refer to the Terms of Reference. A suggested format/
outline for submissions is also available below and also in word document
attached. Submissions can be sent by email to qob@parliament.nsw.gov.au or
faxed to 02 9230 3309 or posted to:

The Committee Manager
Joint Select Committee on the Quality of Buildings
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

SUGGESTED SUBMISSION OUTLINE FOR INQUIRY INTO QUALITY OF BUILDINGS
Without limiting the information you may wish to provide in response to the
Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, the Committee suggests that submissions could be
organised around the following outline, as applicable:

The role/ activities of your organisation in the building industry
The Building Certification system
· Certification and building regulation processes
· Regulation, accreditation and conduct of private and council certifiers
· Disciplinary and enforcement issues
· Suggested changes
Building Codes and Standards
· Adequacy current minimum building standards
· Effects of standards and certification on Home Warranty Insurance
· Suggested changes
Builders Licensing
· Quality of licensed builders
· Effectiveness of licensing regime
· Role of the Department of Fair Trading and the Consumer Trader and Tenancy
Tribunal
· Suggested changes
Other building related issues or concerns

Please note the closing date for submissions is 19 April 2002.

Message from Legislative Assembly 14 March 2002, 3rd Session, Minutes No. 4, Item 2.
Resolution agreed to with amendment, Council Members appointed, and message to Assembly — 19 March 2002, 3rd Session, Minutes No. 5, Items 10 and 11.
Message from Legislative Assembly agreeing to amendment to the resolution—19 March 2002, 3rd Session, Minutes No. 5, Items 15.
A Joint Select Committee has been appointed to consider and report upon the
quality of buildings with the following terms of reference:

(1)(a) The Committee inquire generally into the quality of buildings in NSW to
determine whether there are enough checks and balances existing to ensure
consumers are guaranteed that their new homes are safe, properly certified and
built to satisfactory standards.

(b) The Committee inquire into and report on the certification process created
under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and in operation since
July 1998, including, but not limited to:
(i) What changes if any, need to be made to tighten the certification process;
(ii) What sort of qualifications experience and conduct is expected of the
people who certify buildings and how should their certification be monitored;
and
(iii) Whether there is enough regulatory power in the certification system to
deal with buildings that do not comply with the approval codes and standards.

(c) The Committee shall also inquire into:
(i) The adequacy of disciplinary procedures available in the certification
process;
(ii)The adequacy of current minimum building standards, particularly in regard
to waterproofing, thermal and noise insulation in meeting environmental and
cost performance expectations in the community; and
(iii)The extent to which matters such as inappropriate building standards and
shortfalls in the current certification system have resulted in increased
pressures on the Home Warranty Insurance Scheme.

(d) The Committee inquire into and report on the builders' licensing scheme as
established under the Home Building Act 1989, including, but not limited to:
(i) The qualifications, experience and conduct required for the licensing of
the people who build our residential buildings;
(ii) The adequacy of the checks and balances in the builders' licensing scheme;
and
(iii) The role of the Department of Fair Trading and the Consumer, Trader and
Tenancy Tribunal in dispute resolution under the Act.

The Committee is to report by 19 July 2002.

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