Practice

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.

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Building Compliance Reforms

A campaign supporting appropriate building compliance reforms that balance community confidence in the industry with burdens on industry. We have been actively engaged with the Australian Building Codes Board's Building Confidence Report Framework Implement Team to seek balanced reforms that are consistent around the country.

We continue to engage at the state/territory level to call for certainty and consistency, however some jurisdictions are proceeding full steam ahead running the risk of having different rules in different jurisdictions, missing the opportunity of real reform nationally.

Relevant submissions

National - Response to ABCB's Discussion Paper on National Framework for Building Practitioners Registration

National - Response to ABCB's Consultation Papers on Mandatory Inspections and Third-Party Reviews - July 2020

WA - Submission on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – Reforms to the Approval Process for Commercial Buildings in Western Australia - June 2020

NSW - Submission on Consultation Draft of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 (NSW)- October 2019

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

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

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Mutual Registration of Engineers and Practitioners

Advocating for mutual registration (one fee, one registration) across Australia to ensure consistency and reduced burdens on business. The Prime Minister announced in mid-2020 that the Federal Deregulation Taskforce would move to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and one of its key priority areas would be occupational mobility. We are engaging with the Taskforce, relevant state/territory governments and the Australian Building Codes Board's Building Confidence Report Implementation Team to drive this campaign. 

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

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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

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FEDERAL BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS

See our submission for the Federal Treasury's consultation on the 2020-21 Budget.  We emphasis the importance of infrastructure and built environment for Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery.  Our practice recommendations include a national government portal for registered practitioners and practical steps to adopt better regulation practices.

August 2020

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ABCB PERFORMANCE SOLUTION PROCESS

Consult Australia has co-badged this ABCB Performance Solution Guidance relevant to A2.2 of the National Construction Code (NCC), Volumes One, Two and Three. It is suitable for the development of both simple and complex performance solutions. A2.2(4) requires project stakeholders to collaborate and develop an agreed pathway for the design process.

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Other Recent activities

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:

Recent Submissions
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 practice policy and advocacy campaigns are member-driven by our state/territory committees, our Liability and Contracts Roundtable and our Building Compliance and Reform Working Group.

From time to time we need input from the broader Consult Australia membership (see below) to drive our initiates and engagement.

Current calls for input:

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MISLEADING & DECEPTIVE CONDUCT CLAIMS

We are seeking member experience of misleading and deceptive conduct claims. If your business has had claims made or threatened, please contact Kristy to discuss. We will use the deidentified information to advocate for reform to the Australian Consumer Law – both the misleading and deceptive conduct provisions as well as the standard of ‘unconscionable conduct’.

30 July 2020
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MAJOR REFORMS TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT

How important is the foreign investment regime to your business? The Commonwealth Treasury has released an exposure draft Bill seeking to update Australia’s foreign investment review framework in three broad ways: addressing national security risks, strengthening compliance and streamlining investment in non-sensitive businesses. Submissions are due 31 August 2020. Let Kristy know if this is a matter Consult Australia should be advocating on. Note that Treasury will host online public information sessions on 26-27 August 2020, register for a session here.

9 August 2020
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SEEKING TECHNICAL EXPERTS

Consult Australia needs a representative on a number of Standards Australia committees, or we will lose our seats. Please contact Kristy as soon as possible if you have an interest in building enclosure design (ISO/TC163 and ISO/TC 205), chain of custody (ISO/PC308), industrial fans (ISO/TC 117) or steel racking (AS4084).

30 July 2020

More information

For more information about our practice work, please contact Kristy Eulenstein, Policy Advisor (Legal & Regulatory), at kristy@consultaustralia.com.au.

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