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 publicly 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.

Adoption of the National Framework and ultimate implementation of the BCR will remain the responsibility of the state and territory governments.

The Implementation Team has been established under the ABCB and is engaging with industry throughout its work, pursuant to the BMF’s decision of 18 July 2019.

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

Background

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 on 30 June 2017.

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 Building Confidence report in-principle in April 2018.

In August 2018 the BMF agreed to develop an implementation plan for reform, focusing on recommendations 9-11, with further consideration of recommendations 1, 2 and 13.

At its meeting on 8 February 2019 the BMF agreed to release a joint implementation plan setting out the direction of proposed reforms. 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.

The Implementation Plan also incorporated detail on work being undertaken by the ABCB, in coordination with the Senior Officers’ Group, on parts of recommendations 2, 3, 8, 14 and 22. This work is transitioning to the Implementation Team and further detail is available in the BMF Communiqué issued on 18 July 2019.