Property

Building watchdog under review

The BSA has been the subject of a parliamentary inquiry.
The BSA has been the subject of a parliamentary inquiry. Renee Pilcher

HOUSING minister Tim Mander has appointed a panel of experts to fully assess the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into the Building Services Authority.

Mr Mander said the inquiry, conducted by the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee, was part of a fundamental overhaul of the building industry watchdog. 

"The BSA has an extremely broad charter covering everything from licencing of contractors to handling disputes, so it's extremely important that it operates effectively," Mr Mander said. 

"Our panel members have a broad range of expertise in business, law, IR and public administration and will make sure a reformed BSA strikes the right balance between the interests of industry and consumers."

The QBSA Review Panel
• Mr Phil Kesby - Independent business consultant
• Mr Andrew Wallace - Construction law barrister
• Mr David Hanna - State Secretary, Builders Labourers Federation (BLF)
• Mr Neil Castles - Director-General, Department of Housing and Public Works

As part of the reform process, the Department of Housing and Public Works would also establish an independent unit to review and address complaints received about the BSA. 

Mr Mander said complaints are currently addressed internally by the BSA. 

"It's never ideal to have Caesar judging Caesar," Mr Mander said. 

"The Newman Government is committed to openness and transparency and we expect the same of our statutory bodies like the BSA." 

A preliminary response to the THLG Committee's findings will be tabled in Parliament by the end of February with a final report due by mid-year. 
 

Topics:  bsa, parliamentary inquiry




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