Gladys Berejiklian has appointed David Chandler OAM the NSW building commissioner in the latest step towards an overhaul of the state’s building laws.
Mr Chandler will commence the role on 14 August. He will be responsible for investigating misconduct within the building industry, overseeing disciplinary action, managing licensing and auditing, and driving legislative reforms.
Mr Chandler, a regular high profile contributor to The Fifth Estate whose articles on the construction industry are understood to have come to the notice of the state government, has more than 40 years experience as a construction industry practitioner and was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 1989 for his services. He is an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University.
Mr Chandler said he welcomes the opportunity to consult, manage and strengthen the sector within the government.
“Recent events have reduced community confidence in how buildings are designed and constructed and how they perform,” Mr Chandler said, “but I welcome the leadership and commitment being shown by the government to implement change that will strengthen the construction industry foundations in NSW.”
Ms Berejiklian said Mr Chandler will be “invaluable” to government as it moves to restore confidence in the sector.
“We know there are national challenges affecting the industry,” Ms Berejiklian said, “but this new appointment will play a key role in protecting NSW homeowners and driving critical reforms.”
These reforms will include new legislations to be introduced later this year covering mandatory registration of building practitioners, a new duty of care to ease the compensation process for home owners victim to negligent building practitioners, and ensuring all buildings comply with the Building Code of Australia.
Minister for better regulation Kevin Anderson said My Chandler’s priority as the building commissioner will be to “continue the extensive work that has already been started”.
“[Mr Chandler] will advise the Government on additional reforms that may be needed to ensure better protections for homeowners and purchasers, and lift building standards across NSW,” Mr Anderson said.