Understanding the new Construction Occupation Certificate audits

The NSW Government has launched an audit program in line with the Residential Apartment Building Act 2020 as a part of wider state building industry reform.
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As part of its transformation of the NSW building sector, the state government has introduced two new acts, The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (D&BP Act) and The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (RAB Act).

The RAB Act equips regulators with greater power to better regulate the design and construction of residential buildings.

One of the key activities stemming from the Act is Occupation Certificate (OC) audits, where teams of experienced regulators attend construction sites to review installations against approved documents and building codes for non-compliance.

The audit findings from each inspection include any serious or potentially serious issues and instances of non-compliance. Where non-compliance is found, orders are issued to the relevant parties to rectify the defects. The risk level of the issues detected are rated using a red, amber and green system.

Engineers Australia supports the NSW Government’s reform agenda and actively contributes to discussions in this space. As part of our ongoing collaboration with NSW Fair Trading, Engineers Australia has invited its OC Audit team to share its learnings from the inspections and progress in the sector in a new series of quarterly webinars.

In the webinars, the team will explain what they look for from the issues identified, how many orders have been issued, and how to improve service delivery towards trustworthy buildings. Common problem areas identified so far include waterproofing, fire safety, and building envelop.

The first event in the series will be held on Wednesday 27 October – register your attendance now.