Consultation open: Independent Third Party Review

Monday, 7 December 2020 Construction Skyline

A discussion paper for independent third party review is now open for public consultation.

Recommendation 17 of the Building Confidence Report (BCR) proposes that ‘each jurisdiction requires genuine independent third party review for specified components of design and/or certain types of buildings’.

In response to this recommendation, the BCR Implementation Team has prepared a discussion paper outlining a draft model process for independent third party review proportionate to building complexity (risk) and as a means of improving building outcomes through greater NCC compliance. The paper uses a new definition of building complexity developed following an extensive consultation process and supported by Building Ministers for inclusion in the NCC 2022 Public Comment Draft.

The discussion paper defines the draft model process for independent review, including where to source third party reviewers, how and when the design review process is undertaken, documentation and record keeping requirements, and preferred terminology. It is anticipated that independent third party review would assist in ensuring designs are independently reviewed and design issues are identified and rectified earlier on in the process, resulting in enhanced public confidence in the building industry.

Providing comment

Responses to questions on the discussion paper, outlined in the consultation form, are invited until 11:59PM AEDT Sunday 28 February 2021. Only comments submitted using the online form will be considered.

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