According to The Australian Financial Review, the building industry faces a period of re-regulation – and consequently higher costs – following an agreement by federal and state ministers.
They agreed to co-operate to prevent the recurrence of problems such as combustible cladding, crumbling buildings and lax self-regulation.
Reforms to come likely include mandatory registration of engineers, who at this stage only have to be registered in Queensland, although Victoria has laws under way to do the same. There will also likely be a new model for the design, construction and certification of new large buildings, which will demand greater scrutiny and independent verification of certification.
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