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Hearings begin in building quality inquiry

Public hearings for the ACT Legislative Assembly’s inquiry into building quality began on Wednesday last week (10 April), hearing from a range of individuals who have made submissions to the inquiry. Later hearings will hear from representatives of executive committees, professionals and peak bodies.

ACT Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay says once the committee delivers its final report, the Government will consider their recommendations in relation to the existing reform agenda.

“Prior to my appointment as Minister for Building Quality Improvement, the Government agreed to hold an inquiry into building quality into the ACT to encourage transparency and inform debate about the next steps forward to improve building quality in Canberra,” he says.

“Whilst the committee is some way off delivering its final report, the Government is on track with a clear path and program for improving the quality of ACT buildings throughout this parliamentary term.”

Twenty-eight of the 43 agreed building regulatory reforms will be delivered by the end of June this year. Since July 2018, 146 demerit points have been given to construction occupation licensees, three rectification orders have been issued, with one currently subject to review by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and nine notices directing building work to be undertaken.

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