Our practice activities promote enhanced productivity through balanced reforms. We focus on construction and design standards, registration and licensing systems as well as reforms that impact your business.


Building Compliance Reforms

A campaign supporting appropriate building compliance reforms that balance community confidence in the industry with burdens on industry.


Response to the Building Confidence Report (Shergold and Weir) – November 2018

Submission to the NSW Legislative Council Public Accountability Committee Inquiry into the Regulation of Building Standards, Building Quality and Building Disputes – August 2019


Construction and Design Standards

Ensuring that industry are involved in the development and revision of relevant standards, including Australian Standards.

Submission to Standard’s Australia’s Distribution and Licensing Policy Discussion Paper – July 2019


Registration of Engineers and Practitioners

Advocating for mutual registration across Australia to ensure consistency and reduced burdens on business.

Ensuring Occupational Mobility for Engineers will be Essential to Economic Recovery - 16 June 2020

We make submissions on proposed reforms always seeking better and smarter regulation. For example we are currently seeking exemptions to labour hire licensing laws in Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory (having been successful in Victoria and South Australia). We also support a national focus on better regulation via the Deregulation Taskforce - see our media releases:

Our policy and advocacy campaigns are member-driven by our various roundtables, working groups and committees. Practice issues often arise at the state/territory level and therefore we seek input from our state/territory committees. Legal issues are often discussed at the Liability and Contracts Roundtable. Our Buildings Reform and Compliance Working Group provides guidance on building reform issues.

Current members

  • Sanna Afshar – Gamcorp
  • Amer Magrabi – LOTE Consulting
  • Grant Wood – Venn Engineering
  • Ron Blake – Stephen Grubits & Associates
  • Harriet Peel – Stephen Grubits & Associates
  • Beres Dowdle – Surface Design Consulting
  • Norman Bergin – OBCS
  • Steve Hill – Aurecon Group
  • Rod Johnston – Electronic Blueprint
  • Eliot Reeves – NDY
  • Christina Knorr – Stephen Grubits & Associates
  • Craig Muir – GHD
  • Alistair Morrison – Arup
  • Jamie Shelton – Northrop
  • Simon Lovell – Lovell Structural Engineering Consultancy
  • Marc Colella – AECOM
  • Ben Fisher – SMEC
  • Mary McGlinchey – SMEC 

More information

For more information about our practice work, please contact Kristy Eulenstein, Policy Advisor (Legal & Regulatory), at

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