The abandonment of the Minister’s Planning Principles, Design and Place SEPP and even the reversal of the plan to ban dark roofs have come as a disappointment to many. We have strongly advocated for this work to be retained and our comments have appeared in numerous media articles both in print and on radio. We understand some initiatives will be taken forward and we will continue to follow this closely to ensure the extensive work by the team at GANSW, alongside input from numerous organisations and member bodies such as ourselves, has not been in vain.  We will update our members as further information is released.

As part of the National Policy and Advocacy team, we have recently released our response to the Federal Budget. Read our response here.

Additionally, our pre-election asks have been released, with further detailed explainers coming soon. Find our dedicated federal election webpage here.

We are coming up to 12 months since the Building and Design Practitioners Act and Regulation have been introduced. We are currently assisting the policy team as they review key items such as the Title Block and Compliance Declaration Form for regulated designs.

The process of implementing the rollout to additional building classes (initially Class 3 and 9c) has begun and we will provide information to our members as it becomes available. We continue to participate in roundtables on the review of the Home Building Act.

NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler, whose tenure has just been extended for another 12 months, will present an overview of the first year of the Act and Regulation on June 9 at our upcoming event. He will be joined by Matt Press and the Audit Review team to present the learnings of recent audits of Design Practitioners – architectural. There will be a Q&A Panel to answer your questions on any aspect of the legislation and reforms. Find the event details here.

As always, we welcome your feedback on any aspect of the Building Reforms. Contact lisa.king@architecture.com.au should you have any questions or feedback.

Lisa King
Policy & Advocacy Manager NSW