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Government gets tough on breaches in construction industry

Posted On November 28, 2013

Simon Corbell, MLA   

The ACT Government has today proposed to tighten laws around offences for Building Act breaches and rectification orders, including harsher penalties for individuals and companies who fail to comply, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has announced.

The Bill introduced today is the second to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly relating to the review of the Building Act in response to the 'Building Quality in the ACT' report.

"It is important that offences and penalties reflect the potential consequences of failing to comply with the construction laws," Mr Corbell said.

The Bill includes changes to the maximum penalty for intentionally failing to comply with a rectification order, which increases from 200 penalty units to 2,000 penalty units or $280,000 for individuals and up to $1.4 million for corporations.

"Some new maximum penalties will include a term of imprisonment which, when considering the consequences of defective building work can include injury or death, is entirely appropriate,"
Mr Corbell said.

The Bill will introduce new offences and penalties for:

  • contravening regulations for building work involving asbestos
  • failing to comply with the building code
  • failing to comply with the requirements for carrying out building work, and
  • intentionally failing to comply with a rectification order.

"This Bill expands on reforms passed in the Legislative Assembly in August this year and highlights the Government's commitment to weeding out poor practices our construction industry," Mr Corbell said.

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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