Building Ministers' Forum

The Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) comprises the group of Australian Government, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for building and construction. The BMF is responsible for overseeing governance of the built environment, in relation to policy and regulatory issues impacting the building and construction industries.  The BMF’s work covers three broad themes:

  • harmonisation of building regulations and standards;
  • collaboration on compliance and enforcement;  and
  • considering other national policy issues affecting Australia’s building and construction industries.

The roles and responsibilities of the BMF are set out in the BMF Charter 

The BMF is chaired by the Hon Craig Laundy MP, Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation. Current BMF members are listed below:

Collapsed - BMF Member List—27 April 2018

Minister Title Jurisdiction
The Hon Craig Laundy MP Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation   Australian Government
Mr Mick Gentleman MLA Minister for Planning and Land Management Australian Capital Territory
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 Stephan Knoll MP Minister for Planning South Australia
The Hon David Speirs MP Minister for Environment and Water 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

A communiqué is released after each BMF meeting as the public record of the meeting. 

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BMF Publications

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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  responsible for setting the strategic direction for the:

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

Australian Building Codes Board

The ABCB is the multi‐jurisdictional standards writing body, established under an Intergovernmental Agreement ABCB Intergovernmental Agreement. Under the IGA, the BMF sets the strategic direction of the ABCB and can direct the ABCB to undertake work on specific national strategic building and construction issues.

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.

Senior Officers’ Group

Role of the SOG

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 currently chaired by the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, which also provides secretariat support.

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 is collaborating on, as tasked by the BMF.

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

Non-conforming Building Products

A priority focus for the SOG has been on non-conforming building products. The SOG has provided advice to the BMF 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.

Aluminium Composite Panels

On 6 October 2017, the BMF recognised the public safety concern and clear risk arising around the use of cladding that does not comply with the NCC.

On 27 April 2017, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to prevent the inappropriate use of potentially hazardous aluminium cladding on Australian buildings. The SOG was asked to consult with industry on possible options for a new system of permanent labelling of cladding products.

The SOG has developed four options for a new permanent labelling system for aluminium composite panels (ACPs), detailed in the SOG’s Discussion Paper. 

The SOG welcomes submissions from all interested stakeholders on the proposed options.

Submissions are due by 5:00pm AEST, Sunday 15 July 2018.

Where possible, submissions should be sent electronically, preferably in Microsoft Word or other text based formats, to:

  • Email: BCQ-NCPSOG@hpw.qld.gov.au 
  • Alternatively, submissions can be sent to: Fax: (07) 3237 1248 or
  • Mail: SOG Secretariat c/o Building Industry and Policy Department of Housing and Public Works GPO Box 2457 BRISBANE QLD 4001

Building Regulators’ Forum

The BRF was established by the BMF 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 currently 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.

The BRF is responsible for the monitoring of cladding audits and reviews being undertaken across Australia. The BMF may task the BRF to undertake additional work as required.

For further information, email BRF@vba.gov.au.

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