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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November 2022

Registration of Engineers in NSW Engineers Australia NSW Reforming Building Laws submission

This document provides Engineers Australia’s feedback to the proposed Building Bill 2022, specifically in relation to the registration of professional engineers. This should be read in conjunction with Engineers Australia’s NSW Reforming Building Laws submission and The issue with insurance requirements for engineers submission.

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Engineers Australia | October 2023

ShapingSEQ 2023 update submission

Engineers Australia provides this submission to the Queensland Government compiling the thoughts of
leaders in the engineering industry in response to the ShapingSEQ 2023 document. 

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Engineers Australia | April 2016

Strategies to address risks related to non-conforming building products

Engineers Australia's feedback on the Senior Officers Group report on strategies to address risks related to non-conforming building products.

Cover of our submission to Insurance laws NSW
November 2022

The issue with insurance requirements for engineers Engineers Australia submission – NSW Reforming Building Laws

This paper clarifies the reasons why Engineers Australia does not support some of the existing provisions in the Design and Building Practitioners Act, proposed provisions in the Building Bill, and suggests an alternative way forward for the NSW Government.

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Engineers Australia | June 2023

Victoria State Infrastructure Strategy Update

In this submission, Engineers Australia provides feedback to Infrastructure Victoria in response to the State Infrastructure Strategy Update. Engineers Australia broadly supports the principles and objectives defined in the Strategy and has provided responses and advice.