NOTE: This webinar was sponsored by the MBIE to provide an overview of new building law reforms. Originally aired on 9 May 2019, this webinar is offered on-demand and free of charge on our EquiPTV platform.

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Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa has released a discussion paper setting out a range of proposals to improve the building regulatory system and deliver better outcomes for the sector.

Reforms are proposed across a number of key areas:

  • Building products and methods
  • Occupational regulation
  • Risk and liability
  • The building levy
  • Offences, penalties and public notification

The proposals were developed following discussions with nearly 50 relevant organisations including local government about the long-standing problems facing the building sector. Consultation is open for submissions until 16 June 2019.

Webinar purpose

This webinar will explain the proposed changes and how they aim to address the problems currently facing the building sector.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed reforms, offer suggestions and provide feedback on how the proposed reforms would impact local government.

Webinar outcomes

By the end of the webinar, participants will know more about:

  • the proposed reforms;
  • how the proposed changes will address the problems faced by the building sector;
  • how the proposed changes are likely to affect Building Consent Authorities;
  • where you can access the discussion document; and
  • how to provide feedback on the proposed changes.

Recommended audience

This webinar is suitable for:

  • Council staff involved with building consents and associated regulatory issues; and
  • Council CEs, GMs, and interested councillors.

About the presenters

Katrina Quickenden - Katrina is currently Manager of Building Policy at MBIE. She and her team are responsible for the policy settings for the building regulatory system, including developing proposals to reform the Building Act. Katrina has 16 years of experience in the public sector that includes recent roles at the Ministry of Social Development, where she focused on social housing, income support, and youth justice policy. While at MSD, she was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to work on the initial response to the Canterbury earthquakes.

Fiona Hill is the Team Leader for Building Policy at MBIE. Fiona and her team are responsible for developing the proposed reforms to the Building Act 2004. Fiona has over 10 years experience working for central government in both operational and policy roles, with a focus on waste minimisation, environmental grants funding, housing policy, housing infrastructure funding and more recently building policy.

Seth Campbell will moderate the discussion. Seth is Manager of System Design & Implementation, Building System Performance at MBIE. Seth’s team supports the design and implementation of system and policy changes as well as the information and education requirements of the building regulatory system.

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Date updated: 14 May 2019