In the media

Building Confidence: How to use engineers to improve building and construction
Engineers Australia has published a vision for new engineering roles as part of ongoing efforts to advance building sector reform and restore confidence (25 June 2020). More...

Final touches add certainty to HomeBuilder scheme: HIA
HIA welcomes the release of crucial final touches to the Federal Government's HomeBuilder scheme. "The addition of this extra detail will clarify questions builders and home buyers have been asking since the scheme was announced on 4 June (19 June 2020). More...

Wake up call for labour hire employers on wages
An Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) audit of 63 labour hire employers revealed a disappointing 79 per cent didn't meet all their obligations under Australia's workplace laws (19 June 2020). More...

Donald survived last summer's bushfires in his bunker — but only Victoria makes them easy to install
Fire authorities around the country are weighing up the risk of supporting personal bushfire bunkers and making them easier for people to install, after all six Victorians who used their accredited bunkers survived last summer (18 June 2020). More...

Court decision clears way for cladding class action to continue
A class action seeking product liability damages from a cladding maker has scored a "major win" in the FCA, paving the way for the lawsuit to continue, litigation funder Omni Bridgeway says. The class action against 3A Composites and Sydney-based HVG commenced last year and last February, it gained approval from the court to also seek damages for false or misleading representations (15 June 2020). More...

Sydney could soon be home to a giant 'hybrid timber' building
One of the world's leading cities, Sydney, Australia, is home to some interesting architecture. In the years ahead, it could be home to a building that uses timber, steel and solar panels (25 June 2020). More...

Western Sydney City Deal delivering jobs and community infrastructure for the Parkland City
Activity across Western Sydney has cranked up a gear with work commencing on the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands (24 June 2020). More...

Registrations for engineers compulsory in NSW
Australia's three largest states now require engineers to have compulsory registration after the New South Wales government passed laws to reform the state's building sector. The new laws, which will initially apply to professional engineers in the civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and fire safety engineering fields (23 June 2020). More...

Practice and courts

ABCB: Your NCC Essentials are available now!
Access free NCC Essentials educational presentations on NCC topics (17 June 2020). More...

ABCB: Impacts associated with the implementation of the BCR recommendations
The CIE is undertaking a survey on the potential impacts associated with implementing recommendations in the Building Confidence Report (16 June 2020). More...

2020 National Housing Research Program commences
Research is underway for the suite of projects funded by AHURI as part of the 2020 National Housing Research Program (NHRP). The research will be undertaken by collaborative teams from AHURI's eight national university research partners. More...

NSW Revenue: HomeBuilder program
HomeBuilder will provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home where the contract is signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020. Construction must commence within three months of the contract date. More...


Strongbuild Pty Ltd v Lam [2020] NSWSC 820
Defendants granted leave to serve further evidence.
CIVIL PROCEDURE – application to rely on further evidence CIVIL PROCEDURE – guillotine order
Mr and Mrs Lam now seek leave to rely on three further expert reports which increase Mr and Mrs Lam's claim for defective works from 11 items totalling $206,812.57 to 21 items totalling $866,694.73.

Javam v Al-Amin (No 2) [2020] NSWCATAP 118
(1) The appellant shall pay the respondents' costs of the application for a stay, as agreed or as assessed.
APPEAL – costs – costs of application for a stay
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (NSW), s 60; Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2014 (NSW), r 38, r 38A . The substantive appeal to which this application relates stems from proceedings between the appellant as builder and the respondents as home owners in the Consumer and Commercial Division of the Tribunal, for remedies under the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW).

Thornton v Desire Constructions Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCATAP 116
(3) Desire Constructions Pty Ltd must pay Leanne Thornton the sum of $11,446.77 being her costs of the proceedings at first instance.
APPEAL – Leave to Appeal Costs – When determination is to be made whether costs of the proceedings exceed $30,000.00
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013; Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2014; Home Building Act 1989

Dynamic Excavation and Demolition Pty Ltd v Wei & Ming Group Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 755
(1) The appeal is allowed. (2) The orders made by the Local Court on 4 October 2019 are set aside.
APPEAL – Appeal from Local Court to Supreme Court – Local Court Act 2007 (NSW) ss 39(1) and 40 – Local Court proceedings concerning the existence and terms of, and payments under, a contract for excavation and demolitions – Whether reasons inadequate– Matter remitted to the Local Court for hearing
Local Court Act 2007 (NSW); Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW)

Javam v Al-Amin [2020] NSWCATAP 113
CONTRACT - Home Building Act - failure to progress the works - findings available on the evidence - substantial breach – repudiation - contractual rights and coexistence of common law rights - procedural fairness - failure of consideration."

Goncalves v Bora Developments Pty Ltd; Bora Developments Pty Ltd v Goncalves (No 2) [2020] NSWCATAP 112
(1) Pursuant to s 50{2) Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 we dispense with a hearing with respect to the cost issues in these appeals AP19/277713 and AP19/28235.
(2) With respect to both appeals AP19/277713 and AP19/28235, the builder should pay the owner's costs of the appeals as agreed or, in default of agreement, as assessed.
(3) The costs order made by the Tribunal in HB 18/13808 is set aside.
(4) The costs of the initial proceedings in HB18/13808 and HB18/16404 are costs in the cause on the remittal.
COSTS – in Consumer and Commercial Division – cross appeals - costs on internal appeals – rule 38A of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2013 - amount in dispute exceeds $30,000 – costs follow the event – whether costs order should be made with respect to each appeal – one party substantially successful on both appeals – issues in appeals interrelated – single order for costs made in accordance with usual rule
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013; Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2013; Home Building Act 1989


Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments

Building and Development Certifiers Amendment (Provision of Information) Regulation 2020
(2020-300) — published LW 26 June 2020

Building and Development Certifiers Amendment (Refund of Fees) Regulation 2020
(2020-301) — published LW 26 June 2020

Home Building Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2020
(2020-314) — published LW 26 June 2020

Environmental Planning Instruments

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Low Rise Housing Diversity Code) 2020
(2020-331) — published LW 26 June 2020

Bills introduced Government

Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Bill 2020
19 June 2020

Bills, and details on the passage of Bills, see Bills.

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