In the media

Australia needs better regulation for building certifiers
"They are in a very difficult position because, on the one hand, they have been given a responsibility to protect the public interest—that is, the regulatory—and, on the other hand, they have been given a commercial relationship with the client," noted Australian Building Codes Board general manager Neil Savery before the Senate Inquiry into Non-Conforming Building Products (21 March 2018). More...

Call for submissions on cladding
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rose Webb, has today called for public submissions about whether a building product use ban is warranted on certain types of external cladding. This is the first time a call for submissions about building product safety has been made in New South Wales since the new Building Product Safety Act was passed by Parliament last December (23 March 2018). More...

NSW infrastructure vision released
NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, released the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy, the state's Future Transport Strategy 2056 and the Greater Sydney Region Plan. For the first time, these plans were developed together to deliver important long-term outcomes for the future (18 March 2018). More...


Negotiate and stay out of court - the case of mediation in real estate
RICS Feature Article: 23 March 2018
Mediation is growing rapidly in popularity as a dynamic and multi-faceted practice in many countries, including Australia, which has been increasingly integrated into both new and existing legislation. More...

Practice and courts

Economics References Committee Inquiries
Non-conforming building products
Status: Submissions Closed. Date Referred: 11 October 2016. Reporting Date: 30 April 2018.

NSW: Department of Finance: Update on the Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce
22 March 2018: Update on the Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce

Public submissions on cladding
Submissions are being sought about a range of issues set out in the Notice issued by the Commissioner. The call is seeking input about the kinds of issues that should be considered including the range of uses of products, uses on different types of buildings, and by different people, and whether any conditions should be attached to product uses. Submissions close on 23 April 2018 and can be made in writing to More information about cladding and the call for submissions can be found at (23 March 2018). More...


Rekrut and Scott v Champion Homes Sales Pty Ltd; Champion Homes Sales Pty Ltd v Rekrut and Scott (No 2)[2018] NSWCATAP 64
ORDERS – Amendment – Amendment under the slip rule in s 63 of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (NSW) – no issue of principle.

Athas v Baxter [2018] NSWCATAP 62
Existence of special circumstances to justify a costs order - Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) – section 60 of the Act applies to the respondent's costs application and the respondent must satisfy the Appeal Panel that special circumstances exists so as to enliven the power to award costs.

B & M Mitchell Pty Ltd v Mikell Investments Pty Ltd & Divlist Pty Ltd t/as Contemporary Homes [2018] NSWCATAP 63 Costs – Rules 38A and 38 of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2014 - contract between a builder (Mikell Investments Pty Ltd & Divlist Pty Ltd t/as Contemporary Homes) and a homeowner (B & M Mitchell Pty Ltd).

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