MESSAGE FROM THE CEO (30 August 2018)

I recently attended a meeting of industry stakeholders in Canberra where we reviewed the work the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has been undertaking with regard to developing a consistent structure across all three volumes of the National Construction Code (NCC)

I think you would agree that the Code and its contents while exceptionally helpful, has been for some, a difficult series of documents to traverse and get the best out of. The aims of the work going on behind the scenes has been to (amongst other things):

-Improve the general structure of the volumes
-Improve the readability
-Dispense with the ‘clutter’
-Deliver this in plain language
-Ensure that the visual display is easy to navigate
-Ensure appropriate document accessibility

The structure is the result of extensive consultation with industry stakeholders, as well as the Building Codes Committee and Plumbing Code Committee. The updated suite of documents still has quite a way to go including a significant period for public comment and is scheduled for release in both 2019 & 2022.

At a recent meeting of the Building Ministers Forum in Adelaide, Industry (including the AIB) was invited to a roundtable to discuss a number of key issues including:
Views on the ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia’ Report (Building Confidence Report).

The Building Confidence Report makes 24 recommendations fundamental to the effective delivery of Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC). The BMF directed the development of a paper that sets out an implementation plan for reform, incorporating feedback from industry stakeholders, for consideration at the BMF’s next meeting. The paper will focus on recommendations 9 to 11, with further consideration of recommendations 1, 2 and 13.

Ministers also continued their discussion of the national Review of Security of Payment Laws: Building Trust and Harmony. The BMF agreed to work collaboratively to consider ways to improve consistency between security of payment regimes across jurisdictions.

Ministers received an update from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on the development of the 2019 version of the NCC, to be adopted by jurisdictions from 1 May 2019. NCC 2019 will be the first new edition since NCC 2016, following the BMF’s decision to introduce a three-year amendment cycle.

It’s hoped that industry will again play a part in future Building Minister Forum’s and that the AIB can continue to play an active part in this.

Finally this week, a call out for your last chance to buy sought after tickets to this year’s National Professional Excellence Awards, set for September 7 at the National Arboretum in Canberra. In talking with the National Jury recently, I can tell you it was tough going in the judging stakes given the high calibre of winners from across the country as well as overseas.

I look forward to seeing you in the National Capital early next month. I promise that we will deliver a special night to those who are in attendance. Ticket sales close Monday 3 August so head here to secure your seat!

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes