NSW Parliament to inquire into building standards, building quality and building disputes

The Public Accountability Committee of the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council has launched an inquiry into the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes by NSW Government agencies.

The Terms of Reference for the inquiry include insurance arrangements, protections for owners and purchasers, including the effectiveness and integrity of insurance provisions under the Home Building Act 1989:

  1. the role of private certification in protecting building standards,
  2. the adequacy of consumer protections for owners and purchasers of new apartments/dwellings, and limitations on building insurance and compensation schemes,
    the role of strata committees in responding to building defects discovered in common property, including the protections offered for all strata owners in disputes that impact on only a minority of strata owners,
  3. case studies related to flammable cladding on NSW buildings and the defects discovered in Mascot Towers and the Opal Tower,
  4. the current status and degree of implementation of recommendations of reports into the building industry including the Lambert report 2016, the Sherwood/Weir report 2018 and the Opal Tower investigation final report 2019, and
  5. any other related matter.

Submissions to the inquiry are due by 28 July 2019 and its final report will be tabled on 14 February 2020.

Members who have comments, issues and concerns that they would like NIBA to bring to the attention of the Committee should provide those comments to NIBA CEO Dallas Booth (dbooth@niba.com.au) by close of business on Wednesday 24 July 2019.