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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2686 ..


(3) Is the Government aware of developers (a) substituting cheaper materials than those specified in the contract to meet their underquoted costs and (b) claiming these products are equal to those originally specified in the contracts; if so, can the Minister provide any relevant information.

(4) Is the Government aware of developers not paying or under-paying contractors/subcontractors/staff on projects to meet their underquoted costs; if so, can the Minister provide any relevant information.

(5) Is the Government aware of the substitution of poorer quality materials leading to higher operating, repair and environmental costs.

(6) Does the Government (a) monitor or (b) regulate any of the practices referred to above; if so, how.

(7) What is the success of government regulations to prevent such practices.

(8) How much funding does the Government provide to regulate and monitor developer practices.

(9) Does the Government plan to expand their regulation/monitoring of the above practices; if so, can the Minister provide relevant details.

Ms Vassarotti: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No.

Typically, a ‘developer’ is the landholder, and they may engage the services of a builder or head contractor to oversee and co-ordinate the construction of a building on their behalf who will usually then engage or sub-contract work to other trades and suppliers as required. In some circumstances the developer may hold the necessary licenses and co-ordinate the work directly. The terms of these engagements are a private matter for the parties involved and the Government does not collect this information.

(2) No, as indicated above the Government does not monitor the terms of contracts between private businesses.

(3) (a) No, as above. (b) No, as above.

(4) No, as noted above the Government does not have a role in monitoring the contract terms between private businesses.

(5) No, as above.

(6) As noted above the Government does not have a role in monitoring the contract terms between private businesses. There is a comprehensive building regulatory system in place in the ACT. The regulatory system includes a number of legislative instruments that set out the standards and performance requirements for buildings constructed in the ACT, including referring to the National Construction Code. Access Canberra, as the regulatory authority, checks compliance with these laws which includes, but is not limited to the following:


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