2015-11-26 Building Commission


I refer to the the Building Commission report entitled Instant Start: Outline for consultation, released for public comment between 14 October 2015 and 4 November 2015, which outlined the concept and how it would be implemented within the Building Permit application processes, and I ask:
(a) has the Minister been advised of the number of submissions received during the public comment period;
(b) if yes to (a), how many of these submissions did not support the Instant Start proposal;
(c) if no to (a), could the Building Commissioner provide an indication of the level of support for this initiative;
(d) will the Building Commission be releasing a summary of the submissions received on the discussion paper Instant Start: Outline for consultation;
(e) if yes to (d), will the summary of submissions be available prior to the Ministerial Order being prepared for the introduction of this system; and
(f) if no to (e), when will the summary be available?
Answered on 24 February 2016

(a)-(c) Yes, 32 Submissions were received that raised a variety of issues and questions. 18 submissions generally did not support Instant Start.  Of these 18, nine submissions were from local governments and seven from individual building surveyors.  Of the 14 that generally supported Instant Start, three advised that Instant Start should not commence in the form set out in Instant Start: Outline for Consultation.

(d)-(f) Further engagement with stakeholders, centred on recent feedback from the Building Summit held on 2 February 2016, will be undertaken.  This forum, comprising building contractors, surveyors, local government and planning practitioners identified priority next steps for reducing red tape in the building industry.  The implementation of Instant Start will be considered in the context of further development of R-Codes and consistency in interpretation.