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  1. Separating the Biowood from the ACP's

    11 August 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    A consideration of the recent decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and subsequent Appeal Panel regarding the use of Biowood cladding on a building in NSW. While the insurance and construction industries and indeed the public are now...

  2. Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors in Victoria to take effect on 1 January 2021

    7 August 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    With the attention of the construction industry focused squarely on dealing with the implications of Covid-19 and the ongoing cladding crisis, the release of the new Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors in Victoria (‘Code’) by the Victorian...

  3. Building Sector Overhaul in NSW

    6 August 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The NSW Government has unsurprisingly recognised the need for vast change to the obligations on design and building practitioners, introducing the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (DBP Act) and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW)...

  4. Can Bob the Builder still fix it? The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) and implications for insurers

    29 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (DBP Act) was assented to on 10 June 2020 and represents the first step in the NSW Government’s reform of the building industry following Shergold and Weir’s review of compliance and...

  5. Victorian Government to fast-track cladding rectification scheme and give builders a chance to rectify their own work

    29 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    As reported in our 17 October 2019 update, the Victorian Government introduced reforms aimed at funding rectification of non-compliant ACP cladding, including through litigation directed at wrongdoers responsible for the use of such products. In this...

  6. Insurance implications of the VBA’s “tough stance” on building practitioner conduct

    27 May 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    You do not need to search far to find evidence of the Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) tough stance on registered building practitioners in the wake of the ‘combustible cladding crisis’. Indeed, the VBA’s press reel has of...

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