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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 23 September 2010) . . Page.. 4506 ..

(4) Will there be a public report produced about the meeting

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) At the Building Quality Forum, held on 26 July 2010, the participants brought forward a range of issues that are to be considered in detail through a series of working groups, to be represented by the members of the Forum. It will be the role of these working groups to review in detail the range of areas associated with the quality of buildings in the ACT, including:

a review of insurance provisions;

mechanisms for protecting owners’ rights;

areas where industry skills and competence can be increased; and

the roles of effective site supervision.

The findings of these working groups will be captured in the report to the Assembly on the quality of buildings, which I look forward to tabling in September 2010.

(2) Representatives from each of the following organisations and agencies attended the Building Quality Forum:

Owners Corporation Network, ACT

Housing Industry Association, ACT & Southern NSW

Master Builders Association, ACT

Strata Management Institute (ACT)

Australian Institute of Building

Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Australian Institute of Architects, ACT Chapter

Real Estate Institute of the ACT, Ltd

Insurance Council of Australia

Property Council of Australia

Adjudicate Today Pty Ltd

ACT Law Society, Property Law Society

ACT Regional Building and Construction Industry Training Council

ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Board

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), ACT

Office of Regulatory Services, Department of Justice and Community Services

ACT Planning and Land Authority

(3) The follow-up to the building quality forum involves the established meetings of the working parties to discuss the range of issues associated with improving the quality of building work in the ACT. ACTPLA has coordinated the inaugural meetings of each of these groups and has scheduled further meetings in the process of obtaining information required to support my report to the Legislative Assembly.

It is anticipated that the meetings of the working groups will continue beyond September, allowing some ongoing review of any initial short term measures to be put in place, and input for further potential reforms.

(4) The report to be tabled at the Legislative Assembly later this month will address the role and outcomes of the building quality forum and highlight the discussions held at that meeting. That report will be a public document.

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