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Architects back national building agreement

The Australian Institute of Architects has welcomed the agreement from the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) to take a national approach to building quality, implementing all 24 recommendations from the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence report.

“Industry, and most importantly consumers, can have some assurance that there will be a nationally consistent approach to addressing these complex and deeply concerning issues plaguing the construction industry,” said the Institute’s national president, Professor Helen Lochhead.

The report was released 18 months ago, specifying a three-year timeframe for the recommendations, which include recommendations for the regulation and training of building practitioners, the role and responsibilities of regulators and the fire authorities, and building safety and inspections.

The BMF is the group of Australian State and Territory Ministers responsible for building and construction. The agreement comes as a number of high-rise buildings in Sydney have been evacuated recently due to structural faults.

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