Canberra’s building quality questioned as inquiry begins

Jeremy Hanson.

AN inquiry into Canberra’s building quality has begun after concerns were raised by the community, says chair of the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism, Jeremy Hanson. 

Mr Hanson says the Committee resolved to inquire into and report on the quality of new buildings in the ACT and any potential or actual causes of poor building quality in the ACT.

“There has been concern in the community for some time about building quality, particularly newer apartment developments,” he says.

“As Canberra’s population grows and more housing, including medium and high density housing, is constructed it is important that our community has robust regulatory framework governing building quality.

 “Poor building quality can cause significant stress and losses to owners and occupiers. The need for rectification works can also impose significant economic costs on the construction industry and the ACT economy”. 

The Committee has released a discussion paper to provide those interested in making a submission with some background on the current regulatory regime and some of the key issues that they may wish to consider.

The Committee welcomes submissions from stakeholders and the general public, which can be lodged until July 6.

For further information or to lodge a submission please contact the Committee secretary on 6205 0129 or email

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