Design and Building Practitioners Regulation released for public consultation

Posted on : Wednesday, 25 November 2020

After months of negotiation and discussion, the Department of Customer Service has now released its draft Regulation for the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020.  


The Regulation will implement the intent of the Act and govern the design and construction of residential apartment buildings.  


It is the Government's response to crises such as the structural problems with Opal Towers and Mascot Towers and a general concern about the decline of quality in residential construction.  


Championed by the Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM, the key focus is to require designers and building practitioners to take responsibility for their work and to confirm that all residential construction is compliant with building regulations and standards.   


The regulation will have some implications for designers and installers of fire safety systems, and Fire Protection Association Australia is taking a close look at what is being proposed.  


At this stage, the focus is only on class 2 residential buildings.  However, we recommend that your review of the publication consider the potential expansion to all uses of buildings. 


If you would like to provide feedback on the Regulation, you can find it at the Department's consultation page, here.  


If you wish to discuss the proposals, drop us a line at  


FPA Australia will be making a submission on the draft regulation and we welcome any thoughts practitioners may have about the proposals and their implications for the fire protection industry.