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Private Certification a step closer

March 31, 2019

Following a concerted campaign by HIA to see the introduction of Private Certification for Building Approvals become a reality in WA.

We are pleased to advise that Building and Energy have confirmed that they are developing a consultation paper on options for the adoption of private certification for residential buildings.

This is the first step taken in developing new laws to adopt the change.

It is understood that the paper will consider options for improving the building approvals process for single residential dwellings (BCA Class 1a and 10) through three options: the status quo, full private certification with a range of safeguards and options to improve the current system.

Building and Energy have also confirmed that they have commenced a two-stage review which will examine the current registration requirements for registered building practitioners and the registration of other parties in the building approvals process.

HIA have recently been advocating for the prioritisation of reforms to move approvals to site more efficiently, calling on the government to prioritise private certification and planning reform initiatives.

HIA will continue to work with government to identify a private certification model and registration framework suitable for Western Australia.