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That is implemented. The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (No 2) includes provisions to reinforce documentation and decision responsibility requirements for building certifiers, building surveyors and work assessors. The bill was passed by the Assembly in October last year, and the act was notified and commenced on 5 November.

Recommendation 6 is:

The … Directorate should improve its publicly available information on certifiers and the Development Application exemption assessment process …

That has been implemented. A new publication entitled Building in the ACT: a consumer guide to the building process has been published on the directorate’s website. The guide provides information about the Construction Occupations Registrar, development applications, exempt development, building approvals, building certifiers’ roles, fees, inspections et cetera, choosing a builder, building contracts, payment arrangements, statutory warranties and residential building insurance, building disputes, and completion processes.

Recommendation 7 is:

The … Directorate should improve its auditing of Development Application exemption assessments …

That has been implemented, commencing on 1 July last year. Audits are now being undertaken of exempt development for class 1(a) and associated class 10 buildings that were determined to be exempt from required development approval. The number of audits to be undertaken in the 2014-15 program will be 75. The audit program for exempt development beyond this period will take into account the initial programmed audit findings.

Recommendation 8 is:

The … Directorate should assess the effectiveness of its new enforcement policy …

That has been implemented. The enforcement policy is in place and was monitored and reported on by December last year. Ministerial complaints are also encapsulated by EPD’s complaints framework to ensure consistency of approach.

Recommendation 9 is:

The … Directorate should develop an investigations monitoring system …

That has been implemented. The COMtrac system—investigation and complaints monitoring—is operational. The system has flags and reminders built into it to enable effective tracking of the progress of matters under investigation.

Recommendation 10 is:

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