Building Ministers' Forum

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) is a ministerial‐level body consisting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers responsible for building & plumbing policy.

The BMF is responsible for overseeing governance of the built environment, and considering other policy issues impacting the building & construction industries.

The BMF is chaired by the Hon Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science; with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science providing secretariat support. The BMF meets on average three times per annum, or more frequently if needed.

The BMF members are also the signatories to the ABCB Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), which recognises the role of the BMF in overseeing the ABCB.

Collapsed - BMF Member List—October 2017

Minister Title Jurisdiction
The Hon Craig Laundy MP Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Commonwealth
Mr Mick Gentleman MLA Minister for Planning ACT
The Hon Anthony Roberts MP Minister for Planning New South Wales
The Hon Matthew Kean MP Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation New South Wales
The Hon Nicole Manison MLA Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Northern Territory
The Hon Mick de Brenni MP Minister for Housing and Public Works Queensland
The Hon John Rau MP Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning South Australia
The Hon Ian Hunter MP Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation South Australia
The Hon Guy Barnett MP Minister for Building and Construction Tasmania
The Hon Richard Wynne MP Minister for Planning Victoria
The Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement Western Australia

BMF Communiqués

BMF Secretariat

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science provides secretariat support to the BMF, and is the central point of contact for the BMF.

For further information, contact:

BMF Secretariat
GPO Box 2013
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Email: BMF.Secretariat@industry.gov.au

Supporting the BMF

To progress the BMF’s priorities and other issues of national significance, the BMF is supported by three bodies which includes the:

  • Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB);
  • Building Regulators’ Forum (BRF); and
  • Senior Officers’ Group (SOG).

The reporting arrangements to the BMF are illustrated by this diagram.

Australian Building Codes Board

The ABCB is the multi‐jurisdictional standards writing body, established under an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) | .

The ABCB oversees the development the National Construction Code (NCC), which incorporates all on‐site building and plumbing requirements into a single document. The NCC prescribes the minimum performance requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia. The NCC calls up relevant standards, as formed by Standards Australia and other standards bodies.

The ABCB consists of an independent Chair, ex-officio representatives from the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, up to five industry representatives, and a representative of Local governments.

The ABCB is supported in its work program by the ABCB Office, which implements the ABCB’s decisions and provides the ABCB with technical and administrative support. For further information, visit the ABCB website.

Building Regulators’ Forum

The BRF was established to help building regulators work more cooperatively and efficiently across jurisdictions and portfolios on non‐conforming buildings products.

As per the BRF’s Terms of Reference | , the BRF consists of the senior regulator of each jurisdictions building authority, and is chaired by the Victorian Building Authority.

The BRF is to be supported by a working group of building regulators and consumer law regulators (BCWG) to help identify potential issues that require a coordinated jurisdictional response across both building and consumer law regulatory areas.

While the BRF and BCWG were established in response to a recommendation of the SOG Report on non‐conforming buildings products, there are number of other cross‐jurisdictional regulatory issues that affect the implementation of the NCC. As such, the BMF may task the BRF to undertake additional work as required.

Senior Officers’ Group

The BMF established the SOG on 31 July 2015, to investigate and develop a national strategic response to issues of non‐conforming building products (NCBP).

As per the SOG’s Terms of Reference | , the SOG consists of senior officers from the Commonwealth and each jurisdiction’s building authority, and is chaired by the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, which also provides secretariat support.

The SOG was asked to report within 6 months on ways to minimise the risks to consumers, businesses and the community associated with failure of building products to conform to relevant laws and regulations and at the point of import.

On 19 February 2016, the BMF agreed in-principle on the strategies outlined in the SOG’s proposed strategy report in addressing NCBPs. The SOG sought feedback on the proposed strategy report, via public submissions between February and April 2016, on the best way to implement the strategies.

On 21 September 2017, the SOG finalised its Implementation Plan to inform the building industry and Australian community on the ongoing work of the SOG and the actions delivered to date.

For further information, visit the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works or email
BCQ-NCPSOG@hpw.qld.gov.au.

The formation of the SOG demonstrated a need for jurisdictions to collaborate on matters of national significance, beyond that of NCC and the remit of the ABCB.

With the implementation of SOG’s work on non‐conforming building products now well underway, there are number of cross‐jurisdictional policy issues affecting Australia’s building and construction industries which the SOG collaborate on, as tasked by the BMF.

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