New building surveyors code of practice

Released 28/06/2019

A new code of practice for building surveyors has been developed to further improve the local construction sector by increasing industry accountability.

The new code will be supported by a new mandatory online course for people applying to be building surveyors.

Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said that the new code of practice will be mandated from 1 September 2019 and that the online course is finalised and will be available in the coming weeks.

“Building surveyors play a key role in the construction sector including the safety, energy efficiency, liveability of our new homes and extensions to existing properties,” Minister Ramsay said.

“The new code of practice will help industry and consumers understand what to expect when they engage a building surveyor.

“We need to make sure the industry is guided by clear expectations and that people in these roles understand various building-related rules and have the necessary skills to advise both the construction industry and consumers.”

Key changes for building surveyors include:

  • From 1 September 2019, they will need to abide by the new code of practice.
  • This code is designed to help ensure actions are taken in the public interest and covers requirements such as record keeping, compliant handling and inspections at specific stages of building work.
  • From 1 September 2019, new applicants for a building surveyor license will need to complete an online course on the ACT’s building regulatory and certification system.

“The new requirements are being introduced as part of the ACT government’s commitment to improving building quality and the construction sector in the Territory.

“The ACT government will continue to introduce reforms which raise standards of the industry,”
Minister Ramsay said.

The online course will be officially launched in the coming weeks.

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