- Building industry, local government and key State Government departments meet again to look for further building industry reforms
- Summit provides forum to make processes more efficient
Major reforms to improve the efficiency, productivity and consistency of the Western Australian building industry will progress further today as the Liberal National Government hosted its second Building Summit.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin - along with Planning Minister Donna Faragher and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson - will provide a progress update on key issues and ideas raised at the previous summit, before leading more detailed discussions on building, planning and local government processes.
"The State Government is committed to turning ideas into action in order to cut red tape and deliver significant improvements to the building process, while also allowing and encouraging those who operate in the building industry to embrace innovation and come up with creative solutions to problems they may encounter," Mr Mischin said.
"To do this, we need to be confident the current process is understood, including what is working well and where there may be opportunities for improvement."
Electronic enablement in the building industry, engineering standards and the implementation of bushfire reforms will also be discussed.
Reforms identified at the February 2016 summit which are now progressing include:
- a single electronic system for lodging and processing building permit applications
- an online system for permit authority reporting
- regulatory mapping of home building approvals process for single residential dwellings
- more consistent designs and requirements for crossovers
- updating and fine-tuning of R-Codes
- electronic lodgement of plumbing notices and drainage plumbing diagrams
- online licensing applications and renewals for building-related occupations
- reviewing health legislation to identify duplication or impacts on current building laws and standards
- developing a Building Rules Advisory Committee to provide advice on technical building matters and queries relating to the building laws, codes and standards.
"Reforms already underway will go a long way towards delivering these and a multitude of other benefits to the building industry and, ultimately, the West Australians who buy homes and use its services," the Minister said.
- About 70 representatives from the building industry, local government and key State Government departments will attend today's summit
Minister's office - 6552 5600