Building Confidence Report Implementation Team

On 18 July 2019 the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) agreed to the establishment of an Implementation Team. The Implementation Team is tasked with developing and reporting on a National Framework for the consistent implementation of the recommendations of the Building Confidence Report (BCR), as well as the design, construction and certification of complex buildings.

Background

On 30 June 2017, the BMF agreed to commission an independent expert examination of the broader compliance and enforcement problems in Australia’s building and construction 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 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.

Work on the recommendations is underway, and a number of responses are well advanced, including action on education and training, model CPD requirements, support for performance solutions, and definition of complex buildings. The Team has been tasked with finalising all responses by August 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.

Consultation

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 on 13 December 2020. As reported in the Communique the BMF noted the significant progress made by the ABCB since the establishment of the Implementation Team to deliver a national approach to implementing the recommendations in the BCR.

Should you wish to contact the Implementation Team you can email them at: bcrimplementationteam@abcb.gov.au.