Industry experts will examine NSW’s response to the National Construction Code, including concerns over combustible cladding regulation, in a free webinar presented by Fairview Australia on 22 April (10am-1pm).

“The Design and Building Practitioners Act forms part of the NSW Government’s response to the Shergold Weir Report, which focused on the shortcomings in the implementation of the National Construction Code following concerns raised at the national level about building defects and combustible cladding,” said Fairview Australia (FVA Group), the manufacturer of aluminium cladding and composite panel systems.

The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) came into effect on 11 June 2020.

“Register now and don’t miss the opportunity to hear from our line-up of presenters on what the Act entails, what applies now, and what future implications may look like upon the release of regulations,” FVA said.

“With draft regulations for this Act having been released recently, we know that Design Practitioners and Specifiers will be expected to hold more liability in specifying compliant products and subsequently have a significant impact on the design process.” 

Webinar presenters will include representatives from the Master Builders Association, Engineers Australia, the Building Designers Association and Joseph Callaghan, Special Counsel with Lander & Rogers, an experienced building and construction lawyer. 

The presenters will join a panel during the webinar to answer any questions.

For more information or to register, please visit this link.


Greg Ewing, General Manager – Sydney Engineers Australia

Greg is the General Manager of Engineers Australia (EA) Sydney, in charge of Sydney regional operations of the peak body for engineering practitioners in Australia. He served EA’s Northern Division as the General Manager from November 2013, prior to his appointment in Sydney, covering Sydney and Canberra. Before moving to Australia in 2013, Greg was employed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) as Regional Development Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Cumbria. Most of his professional career was with the Scottish Government.

167807939 1705724606277148 7993329710189492148 nJoseph Callaghan, Special Counsel Lander & Rogers

Joseph's broad experience and knowledge means he is able to provide his clients with timely and targeted advice in respect of all issues arising from large-scale commercial construction and property development, including the planning process. He's an experienced and pragmatic building and construction lawyer with more than a decade's experience advising on all issues arising in the life of large-scale construction projects and property development. 

Vanessa Sheppard, Construction Professional Lines, Marsh Insurance

Vanessa is a specialist in Marsh’s construction practice focussing on professional indemnity placements for client’s corporate policies and single project professional indemnity placements. Her career spans both broking and underwriting roles over the last 17 years where she began her career in London working at Lloyds of London specialising in underwriting professional indemnity risks for the USA and Canada markets.

Robert Collings, General Counsel, Master Builders Association of NSW

Robert is the General Counsel for the Master Builders Association of NSW, and before that was a partner in private practice specialising in building and construction litigation. He sits on various Government working groups and advisory panels in relation to prospective building and construction legislation.

Chris Knierim, CEO, Building Designers Association of Australia

Chris Knierim has grown up around building and shaped a reputation for providing a unique service in award winning contemporary design and construction in both residential and commercial projects in Australia and internationally for over 20 years.



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