NSW Government Struggles to Secure Building Reforms
November 21, 2019
The Building Practitioners Bill 2019 has stalled in the NSW upper house as the NSW Opposition and Greens joined forces to weigh the Bill down with amendments that call for an overly bureaucratic commission and to extend the reach of proposed reforms beyond apartments and the areas causing the build quality issues. The Government wants the proposed amendments to be withdrawn citing a lack of any consultation with stakeholders. The Government also made amendments of its own to the Bill before it passed the lower house that HIA also wish to see removed, such as adopting retrospectivity to the duty of care provisions, also without any industry consultation. The change in the make-up of the upper house since the state election means the Coalition requires at least an additional four votes, remains a significant challenge for the Berejiklian Government to pass contentious legislation. Maybe the Government needs to reconsider amending the existing laws to achieve the desired reform outcomes as HIA proposed initially.
Click here to view our submission in response to the original discussion paper and here for our submission in response to the draft bill.