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Risky builders to be exposed by rating system

30 January 2020 Grace Ormsby
Construction site

“Risky players” in the building industry will be exposed by a new rating system that is set to be implemented across NSW, in an effort to prevent dodgy apartments from being sold to unsuspecting buyers.

A statement from the state government has announced the initiative, which forms part of the broader work plan of the NSW Building Commissioner. 

The ratings systems will be applicable to professionals in the building industry, with the aim of the reforms to improve transparency, accountability and quality of work within the industry, according to the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson.

It will signal a “move way from one-size-fits-all participant recognition and better identify risky players”, and will see the commissioner work with ratings agencies, insurers and financiers to assist in better selection of industry participants.

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Calling it a “complete game changer for consumers”, Mr Anderson said that “simply put, customers need better-built buildings, and our reforms will deliver that”.

“Anyone who doesn’t want to get on board with that concept will get left behind,” he said.

Commenting on the reforms, NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler said the old days of being reactionary to problems can’t continue.

“The government has a great deal of resources available, including inspectors, which is why we need to make sure we’re using those resources in the best way possible to protect consumers from major defects,” Mr Chandler said.

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