David Chandler appointed as NSW’s first Building Commissioner

Home owners can only hope that better protection will be afforded to them at the appointment of Mr David Chandler as part of the government’s commitment to implementing the biggest overhaul to building law in the State’s history.

The government of New South Wales has announced the appointment of building and construction expert, Mr Chandler. This appointment is the State’s first building commissioner. He will commence his role on 14 August 2019.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “Mr Chandler has more than 40 years’ industry experience, which will be invaluable as we move to restore confidence in the building and construction industry.”

Ms Berejiklian also acknowledged the challenges facing the industry and says that the appointment of Mr Chandler will play a key role in protecting NSW homeowners and driving critical reforms.

Mr Chandlers responsibilities will include:

  • The introduction of legislation requiring building practitioners to be registered;
  • Overseeing the end-to-end licensing and auditing across the building industry;
  • A duty of care placed on practitioners for greater protection for homeowners;
  • Ensuring all buildings are designed and constructed to plans that comply with the Building Code of Australia;
  • The investigation and disciplinary action for misconduct in the building industry; and
  • Driving further legislative reforms of the building industry, including consultation with industry.

Mr Chandler comments that “Recent events have reduced community confidence in how building are designed and constructed and how they perform, but I welcome the leadership and commitment being shown by the government to implement change that will strengthen the construction industry foundations in New South Wales.”

Construction Legal is pleased that the government is taking steps to restore consumer confidence. A copy of our submissions, which puts forward an entirely new and holistic approach to the current building reform, is available on request, click here to request a copy .

The extensive reform that government has indicated will happen later this year, is likely to affect all practitioners in the industry. For more information and advice on legislative changes, contact our offices below.

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Image credit: The Fifth State
L–R: Kevin Anderson, David Chandler and Gladys Berejiklian