Building reform in NSW

Engineers Australia is amplifying the voice of engineers around building sector reform.

The engineering profession in NSW has seen major change in the building and construction industry since 2019. This includes changes to the Residential Apartment Building Act, the Design and Building Practitioners Act and others.

The NSW Government is now proposing wide-ranging reforms that will ensure people can own, occupy and use compliant, safe and resilient buildings.

What Engineers Australia is doing

Engineers Australia is ensuring the voice of the engineering profession is being heard in this important area. As part of work we're currently undertaking, we've sent a comprehensive submission to the NSW government's proposed building reforms which has incorporated our members feedback.

The NSW government's set of proposals focus on:

  • making home building fairer and easier
  • supplying and using safer building products
  • regulating prefabricated and manufactured homes
  • strengthening building compliance and enforcement
  • licensing commercial and home building work
  • upskilling the building and construction industry
  • securing prompt and fair payment for building work.

This is a substantial piece of work that will likely have far reaching effects on Engineers Australia’s members working in the building space.

Learn more about the work we're doing in building sector reform across Australia. 



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Engineers Australia | January 2023

Developer Review Panel

Engineers Australia's submission to the Queensland Government in response to its discussion paper to examine the role of developers and their interface with the construction industry.

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Engineers Australia | November 2022

Engineers Australia NSW Reforming Building Laws Submission

This submission outlines that Engineers Australia does not support moving the registration of professional engineers in NSW to a Building Bill. Engineers Australia strongly advocates for a stand-alone Professional Engineers Act.

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Engineers Australia | September 2023

Engineers Australia submission to NSW Decennial Liability Insurance proposal

This submission calls for national consistent building reforms, including a national Decennial Liability Insurance market and a straightforward claims process among other asks.

Cover of Engineers Australia's 2023 Budget submission with blue background and red cube in the middle
Engineers Australia | January 2023

Engineers Australia's Budget submission 2023

Engineers Australia advocates for skills, nationally consistent registration, engineering led climate action, a reliable energy transition and support for innovation in the 2023 Federal Budget. 

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Engineers Australia | February 2016

Improving ACT Building Regulatory System

Response to the November 2015 ACT Government issues paper.