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The Office of the NSW Building Commissioner

Leading once-in-a-generation reform, of the design and building industry.

About the Building Commissioner

David Chandler OAM, NSW Building Commissioner
David Chandler OAM, NSW Building Commissioner

David Chandler OAM

NSW Building Commissioner

David Chandler OAM was appointed NSW Building Commissioner in 2019 after an impressive forty year career in the Australian construction industry. In his capacity as NSW Building Commissioner David is improving the quality of construction and restoring trust in the industry through leading the delivery of Construct NSW, in collaboration with the sector.

Highlights of David’s career include project management of some of Australia’s most iconic developments such as Sydney’s Quay Apartments. As Adjunct Professor in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University, David founded the Centre for Smart Modern Construction. He was the Deputy Chair of the BER Implementation review and is a regular industry commentator and presenter. David was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1989 for his services to the construction industry. 

Watch the Building Commissioner in conversation

Occupation Certificate Audits

8 October 2020

In this video, David speaks with Angela Kamper, Executive Director Brand, Digital and Communications, Department of Customer Service, about the Occupation Certificate Audits which began in September.

Sharpening our priorities

11 May 2020

David gives an update on legislative reform and other key projects that will help to rebuild consumer confidence in the NSW property market.


The new Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 applies to buildings up to 10 years old. 

Homeowners and residents can report building defects or complaints directly to NSW Fair Trading. These can be for houses or multi-unit dwellings.

The Office of the Building Commissioner will continue to take an active interest in all building defects, to inform the building reforms that are taking shape. 

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