The Building Ministers Forum (BMF) has met to discuss an independent report that has recommendations to improve building safety and compliance.

    Each of the state and territory Building Ministers gathered in Melbourne to review 24 recommendations on how to improve our building regulations nationally. 

    The report was written by Professor Peter Shergold and Ms Bronwyn Weir, who examined the building regulatory systems across the jurisdictions.

    The recommendations cover a range of issues - from registration and training of practitioners, to the role of fire authorities in building design and the approvals process.

    Minister for Small and Family business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy said: “The Shergold and Weir report provides the BMF with a comprehensive package of recommendations to establish a national best practice model for compliance and enforcement.

     “The building industry has been calling for greater coordination between all levels of government on reform. Safety is our top priority when it comes to building regulation, and our compliance and enforcement systems need to be very robust.

    “It is important that we do not lose momentum in progressing this work. I look forward to hearing how jurisdictions will incorporate these recommendations into their efforts to improve compliance.”

    Click here for a summary of the recommendations and here for the full report

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