NSW appoints new building commissioner

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THE Berejiklian government has appointed David Chandler as the state’s first building commissioner, who will be tasked with investigating misconduct in the building industry in the wake of the Opal and Mascot towers incidents.

The new appointment was a key recommendation in Shergold Weir report and is part of the NSW government’s pledge to implement the biggest overhaul the construction industry following the Opal and Mascot towers incidents and the ongoing flammable cladding issue.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said home owners will be better protected.

“David has more than 40 years’ industry experience, which will be invaluable as we move to restore confidence in the building and construction industry.

“We know there are national challenges affecting the industry, but this new appointment will play a key role in protecting NSW homeowners and driving critical reforms,” she added.

The commissioner will be responsible for the investigation and disciplinary action for misconduct in the building industry while overseeing the end to end licensing and auditing across the building industry.

Chandler will also drive legislative reforms of the building industry in consultation with industry, including legislation to be introduced later this year requiring building practitioners to be registered, a new duty of care to make it easier for home owners to seek compensation against negligent building practitioners, and ensuring all buildings are designed and constructed to plans that comply with the Building Code of Australia.

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the commissioner’s priority will be to continue the extensive work that has already been started by the government to reform the building and construction industry.

“David will lead the implementation of this reform and will advise the Government on additional reforms that may be needed to ensure better protections for homeowners and purchasers, and lift building standards across NSW,” he added.

Chandler has welcomed the opportunity to work with the government to strengthen the building and construction industry.

“Recent events have reduced community confidence in how buildings 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 NSW,” Chandler said.

Chandler will start on 14 August.

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