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Draft Design and Building Practitioners Regulation

9 Dec 2020 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT

Free – $75

NSW Building Regulation: Impacts for you and your practice

The NSW Government is now seeking feedback on the draft Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020. This forms a key element of the major industry reforms which are now in train and have significant implications for architects and architectural practice.

To ensure the profession understands the implications of the draft regulation and that members can make informed submissions on this, the Institute is presenting this critical information session presented by Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board Dr Kirsten Orr and NSW Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby.

ABout your presenters

Dr Kirsten Orr

Kirsten is Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board and a Director of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Previously, she was Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Technology, Environments & Design at the University of Tasmania (2016-18) and Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (1999-2015).

Integrating her deep knowledge of professional issues with her significant academic background, Kirsten has made leadership contributions to all of the major Australian government and professional bodies regulating the practice of architecture, education of architecture students and accreditation of Australian architecture programs.

In her present role as Registrar she is a member of a number of expert advisory groups convened by the NSW Building Commissioner. She has been active in recent government consultation on the intersection between the existing Architects Act 2003 and the new Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act and DBP DRAFT Regulation. Her presentation will focus on the implications for the regulation of architects that arise from the new legislation.

Kathlyn Loseby

Kathlyn has over 30 years of practice experience across various building typologies for design, documentation and site services. These include hotel, apartment, residential, commercial, education (child care, primary and secondary), aged care, hospital, industrial and heritage buildings.

She has appreciated multiple perspectives from experience working for US, UK and Australian businesses. This includes Foster + Partners, SOM, AJ+C, Turner and now as the COO at Crone.

In her present role as President of the NSW AIA she has been involved first hand with the NSW Building Commissioner, Government legislators, Opposition and Cross-benchers in advocating for improved built environment outcomes. It is with this knowledge she will summarise the Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act and communicate the impacts of the DBP DRAFT Regulation. She will highlight the important advocacy work that must continue until the Regulations are completed and the impact of our profession.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this session, you will be able to:

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 , the Residential Apartment Building (Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2020, the newly released DRAFT Design and Building Practitioners Regulations, and how it will affect you.

Understand the specific impact of the Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act 2020 and the DBP and Regulations (DRAFT) :

  • 10 year Retrospective Duty of Care for Apartment buildings (and mixed use) valid now
  • When the DBP will become law
  • When the projects you have now should be considered ‘DBP ready’
  • What the DBP Regulations will involve
  • What documents will need to be ‘declared’
  • What recourse the designer will have if a builder or developer tries to force you to sign a declaration that you do not want to sign
  • Areas of concern with the ACT and the DRAFT Regulations for your attention

Explain what the Residential Apartment Building (Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2020 (RAB) means for a building site.

AACA Competency: The presentation will cover the following components of the National Competency Standard for Architects: Knowledge Domain:

  • Regulatory Domain: Knowledge of the regulations, standards and codes, relevant to all aspects of architectural practice, project design and delivery.

Standard of Competency:

  • Design
  • Documentation
  • Project Delivery
  • Practice Management

Competencies: 3 Design: Conceptual Design 3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.

4 Design; Schematic Design 4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design. 4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design. 4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

5 Documentation: Detailed Design 5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements. 5.6 Integration of relevant technical services, environmental and transportation systems.

6 Documentation; Documentation 6.3 Incorporation of the project requirements and objectives in accordance with Project Brief and approved Detailed Design. 6.5 Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems. 6.8 Project documentation is in accordance with, and appropriate to, the project contract and project procurement procedure.

7 Project Delivery: Procurement 7.4 Selection of procurement method incorporates assessment of the impact on selection, contracting and scope of work of consultants and specialist service providers.

8 Project Delivery: Construction 8.3 Identification and application of the process and administration systems needed to fulfil all obligations under project contract. 8.7 Identification and application of appropriate and consistent systems for record keeping and maintenance of document revisions.

9 Practice Management

9.2 Knowledge and application of practice resources required to ensure efficient and effective professional service. 9.3 Identification and application of practice systems and quality management systems to facilitate efficient and timely delivery of architectural services in accordance with project objectives. 9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect


9 Dec 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT
Free – $75
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