Matt McDonald

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)
Returning confidence to our industry

In 2017, the Building Ministers’ Forum commissioned an independent expert examination of the broader compliance and enforcement problems in Australia’s building and construction regulatory systems that were affecting compliance with the NCC.  The resulting Building Confidence report (BCR), prepared by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Bronwyn Weir, made 24 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems across Australia. The building ministers supported the report findings and agreed to the development of a plan for reform. An implementation plan was released in March 2019 and an implementation team was established to respond and report on implementation of the plan by June 30, 2021.  This presentation from the BCR implementation team leader will explore progress made in responding to the plan, what challenges remain, and how industry has the power to return confidence to the sector.

About McDonald

McDonald has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.  He is a qualified builder and building surveyor, and has spent much of his career with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) researching and developing building regulation in areas ranging from disability access to energy efficiency.  After leaving the ABCB in 2018 he has now returned to oversee the delivery of the ABCB’s response to the Building Confidence report (BCR). “The BCR presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to delve deep into the building regulatory systems that underpin the construction of buildings, through a nationally coordinated review and response,” says McDonald. “If done right, there are significant benefits on offer to governments, industry and the community.”