Building Confidence Report Implementation Team
The Building Confidence Report (BCR) Implementation Team was established in July 2019 by the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF). It is tasked with developing and reporting on a National Framework for the consistent implementation of the recommendations contained in the Building Confidence Report as well as the design, construction and certification of complex buildings.
In 2017, the BMF commissioned an independent expert examination of the broader compliance and enforcement problems in Australia’s building and construction regulatory systems affecting the implementation of the NCC.
The resulting BCR, prepared by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir, made 24 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems in the building and construction industry across Australia. The BMF supported the report findings and agreed to the development of a plan for reform. An Implementation Plan was released in March 2019, setting out:
- national priority reforms
- a summary of reforms underway in each jurisdiction
- planned reforms and proposed timeframes for each jurisdiction
- industry involvement in the process.
For further information on the BMF’s decision process and meeting outcomes, please visit the Building Ministers' Forum webpage.
The work of the Implementation Team
The Implementation Team, which is operating under the ABCB, develops and coordinates the responses to the BCR recommendations, in consultation with industry, states and territories. The responses can be broadly categorised as either NCC amendments, model provisions, non-regulatory tools, or educational programs.
A number of responses these are well advanced, including action on education and training, model CPD requirements, a Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors, support for performance solutions, and definition of complex buildings. The Team has been tasked with finalising all responses by July 2021, and responses will be delivered progressively through this period, as each body of work is finalised. The Building Confidence National Framework provides greater detail on the timing and delivery of each of the BCR recommendations. This document has been agreed by Building Ministers and will be updated as work progresses.
The recommendations of the Implementation Team are considered by the BMF, while adoption of the National Framework and ultimate implementation of the BCR remains the responsibility of the state and territory governments.
A Public Report (May 2020) is available detailing the progress in the delivery of the BCR National Framework by the Implementation Team.
To ensure effective engagement with industry and to inform the progress of the Implementation Team’s work, two consultative groups have been created – an Experts Panel, and an Industry Leaders Consultative Group (ILCG).
While each group has a particular focus, their broad purpose is to provide advice and guidance to the Implementation Team with the engagement of the Experts Panel being more focused on delivering specific responses to each of the recommendations. Both groups include a broad cross-section of Industry representatives who bring to the discussion technical expertise and experience in a range of relevant fields.
Membership of the Experts Panel is as follows:
- Bronwyn Weir - Construction law
- Jennifer Robertson - Corporate governance
- Peter Gow - Government policy/engineering
- Ari Akritidis - Building surveying
- Peter Johnson - Fire engineering
- Robert Care - Engineering
Membership of the Industry Leaders Consultative Group is as follows:
- Master Builders Australia
- Housing Industry Association
- Strata Community Association
- Australian Institute of Building
- Australian Institute of Architects
- Australian Local Government Association
- Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
- Engineers Australia
- Fire Protection Association Australia
- Consult Australia
- Property Council of Australia
- Association of Accredited Certifiers
- Australasian Fire Emergency Service Authorities Council
- Australian Industry Group
- Master Plumbers Australia
The BMF was last consulted on the work of the Implementation Team in April 2020, where the matter of complex buildings was discussed. Agreement to a nationally consistent definition of complex buildings will provide a basis for developing greater safeguards for the design, construction and certification of this type of building. Ministers agreed that in order for the complex buildings definition to be included as part of NCC 2022 public comment draft, the definition be made available on the ABCB website for a six-month consultation period. To have your say on the definition for building complexity, please visit the ABCB’s Consultation Hub.
The Communique from the April 2020 BMF meeting also noted the significant progress made by the Implementation Team toward delivering a national approach to implementing the recommendations in the BCR.
Should you wish to contact the Implementation Team you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.