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The Office of the NSW Building Commissioner

We're delivering once-in-a-generation reform of the building and construction industry.

What we do

We are improving the quality of construction of residential apartment buildings and restoring trust in the industry through the Construct NSW strategy. Read more about Construct NSW.

We work closely with Fair Trading and the Department of Customer Service to implement these reforms under the leadership of David Chandler OAM, the NSW Building Commissioner.

Our reforms aim to:

Protecting homeowners

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Two new laws are improving protection for home buyers. They target serious defects and improve the quality of construction from design to completion.
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We're supporting affected strata communities to remove combustible cladding on high-risk residential apartment buildings.
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We have the power to inspect building sites, stop work, stop occupation certificates from being issued, and order rectification work on residential apartment buildings.

Upskilling industry

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Developing guides to help industry adapt to these reforms and deliver quality building work.
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Online short courses to upskill the construction workforce, developed with TAFE NSW and industry professionals. Find a course.
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Supporting industry to improve construction contracts and procurement methods. Find sample contracts.

Transforming regulation

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Collaborating with research partners to run surveys and consultations, gather baseline information on the state of the industry, and provide evidence for our reforms. Read the latest research.
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Making it easier for home buyers and the regulator to identify the riskiest developers. Read more.
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Improving digital tools to improve transparency and accountability across the building lifecycle.

Resolve building defects

All complaints about building defects should be lodged through the NSW Fair Trading building complaint form.

Find out more about how Fair Trading handles residential building complaints or make a complaint.
Make a complaint

Contact the Building Commissioner

Contact the Building Commissioner through the NSW Fair Trading general inquiry form.

The Building Commissioner cannot respond directly to complaints about building defects. 

Make an enquiry

 

David Chandler OAM
NSW Building Commissioner

The NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM

David Chandler OAM was appointed NSW Building Commissioner in 2019 after an impressive forty-year career in the Australian construction industry.

Highlights of David’s career include the management of some of Australia’s most iconic building projects: Sydney’s Quay Apartments, Canberra’s New Parliament House, and Melbourne’s South Bank. As an 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. 

 

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