Building Amendment Bill 2010
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The Bill amends the Building Act 1993 to enable an owner, builder or lessee of a building to make an application to the Building Appeals Board for an exemption from, or modification to, regulations relating to the provision of access to public buildings for persons with disabilities.
The Bill also amends the Building Act to provide for the recognition of the National Construction Code series, which is the new series of volumes to be published by the Building Codes Board that will contain the Building Code of Australia and the Plumbing Code of Australia.
The National Construction Code series is part of the National partnership agreement to deliver a seamless national economy . The agreement was signed by COAG in February 2009 with the broad aim of increasing efficiency and enabling stronger economic growth by reducing the level of unnecessary and inconsistent regulation across Australian Jurisdictions.
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the draft Disability (access to buildings) standards tabled Monday 15 June 2009. Victorian Government submission.
Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) a Legislative Instrument made under section 31(1) of the Commonwealth's Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ( DDA). The Premises Standards are to take effect on 1 May 2011.
Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards (Attorney General's Department) & Frequently Asked Questions
Regulation Impact Statement for a National Construction Code (August 2009, The Allen Consulting Group)
Implemetation Plan for a National Construction Code Report to Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (March 2009, The Allen Consulting Group)
Regulation Impact Statement, Proposal to Formulate Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards and Amend the Access Provisions of the Building Code of Australia (2009, Australian Building Codes Board)
Disabled 'apartheid' to end (The Age, May 15 2010)
Australian Human Rights Commison (AHRC) - Building access standards an investment in the future
Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) - National Building Standards, Access to premises
House of Representatives – Standing committee on Legal and Constitutional affairs - Report on draft premises standards released