Members may be interested in the following short videos prepared by the NSW Government Better Regulation Division, Department of Customer Service to assist engineers, designers and builders with the new obligations under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 which commences on 1 July 2021.
Members may be interested in the following online training offered by The Academy of Experts
- Role and responsibilities of the expert
- The expert's report
- Going into court
- Essential update
- Report writing masterclass
More information can be found here.
Thursday 20 May 2021 at 4:00 pm AEST, 7:00 am BST
Presented by Adam Constable QC, Lucy Garrett QC, Samuel Townend QC, Robert Fenwick Elliott and Jennie Wild of Keating Chambers
The NSW Government has now prepared a draft Amending Regulation to prescribe the fees that will be payable for registration from 1 July 2021. The regulation will support the operation of the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020.
SoCLA members are invited to provide feedback or comments on the proposed fees. Please provide your feedback by 4:00 pm on Friday 21 May.
Our colleagues at ACIF have prepared a summary of the parts of the Treasurer’s speech and Budget Paper No.1 in the 2021-22 Budget Papers relevant to the Australian construction industry.
The summary is available here.
In addition, we have negotiated for SoCLA members to register at the Institute’s member discount. Please contact us for the special registration link to obtain the discounted price.
Monday 10 May 2021, 10.00 - 11.00am
Members may be interested in the free Procurement webinar presented by the Industry Capability Network (ICN), the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Western Sydney Procurement Steering Committee.
This webinar will be presented by Adam Constable QC, Lucy Garrett QC, Samuel Townend QC, Robert Fenwick Elliott and Jennie Wild of Keating Chambers
In this session, Keating Chambers will cover:
- An overview of the law in respect of fiduciary duties, duties of confidentiality and expert duties.
- Discussion of the UK court decision in A Company v Secretariat Consulting  EWCA Civ 6.
- The Australian position on conflicts of interest.
- Other Australian law considerations (comparative law re dirty/clean experts and expert shopping).
- Practical considerations (scope of expert retainers, how to contract out of fiduciary duties, injunctions etc).
In 2017, Building Minsters authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations for a best practice model for compliance and enforcement, to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC).
The ABCB have prepared a discussion paper on the integrity of private building surveyors and their role in enforcement. SoCLA will be preparing a submission on behalf of its members to the ABCB.
Members are invited to provide their comments on the discussion paper on the integrity of private building surveyors to the Society at email@example.com by noon on 26 April.
The ABCB has prepared a discussion paper on "Building Manuals -- A Response to the Building Confidence Report".
It covers the problems caused by building owners not having accurate and complete information about their buildings, and seeks your views on:
- the information that should be collected in building manuals
- where information, collected for building manuals, should be stored
- who should oversee creation of a building manual
- possible processes to create building manuals, and
- the types of buildings that should require a building manual.
Members are invited to provide their comments on the discussion paper to the Society by email.