26 September 2023

New building body to manage housing crisis

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The Department of Planning has announced that a Government proposal to establish a NSW Building Commission is to be implemented by the end of the year.

The Commission, a single body to oversee the regulation and licensing of the industry, is expected to strengthen the quality of building and construction in NSW.

In a statement, the Department said the Building Commission would build on the foundation laid by Building Commissioner, David Chandler since his appointment in 2019.

State Premier, Chris Minns said the housing supply crisis NSW was facing would require more supply and more construction if the State was to retain its young people and families.

“The jump in rental prices in recent times has left too many NSW residents considering their future,” Mr Minns said.

“The Government recognises the pressing need for more homes to enter the market to ease pressures and keep young people in NSW.”

He said Mr Chandler (pictured) had sent a strong message to the high-rise apartment sector that there was a tough regulator policing the industry — “this is overdue”.

“A Building Commission will elevate and strengthen this work, ensuring people who purchase any property in NSW can have even greater confidence in the quality of the work,” the Premier said.

“The Government will also introduce to Parliament its new, plain English Building Act that will consolidate and modernise many pieces of legislation, some decades old, scattered throughout the State’s statute books.”

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