> NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler resigns

NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler resigns

“This sudden resignation leaves the NSW government’s commitment to building reform in limbo. The industry deserves an explanation on the timeframe and process for the Building Commissioner’s replacement.”

Petinos’s office said the minister was on leave, and referred questions about Chandler to the department.

Chandler said earlier this year he had extended his contract to September 2023.

Chandler said earlier this year he had extended his contract to September 2023.Credit:Kate Geraghty

Owners Corporation Network executive officer Karen Stiles said Chandler was respected and had “led massive reforms during his tenure in an attempt to restore consumer confidence”.

She said the news of his departure was “terribly sad”. “NSW had a once in a generation opportunity to do better.”

Chandler became an outspoken critic of dodgy construction work and helped drive a wave of reforms designed to restore trust and confidence in apartment buildings in NSW.

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Among the reforms were sweeping new powers for Chandler to inspect building sites, prevent the issuing of occupation certificates, call for documents, and order rectification of serious defects and recovery of linked costs.

Other changes included tightening requirements for designers, engineers and builders working on new residential apartment buildings. Chandler also helped introduce a star-rating system for developers.

His next focus is Project Remediate, a scheme to replace flammable cladding on residential apartment buildings.

Announcing Chandler’s appointment in 2019, Berejiklian said in a press release that his new role showed the government’s commitment to implementing “the biggest overhaul to building laws in the state’s history”.

Chandler previously managed high-profile building projects including Sydney’s Quay Apartments, Parliament House in Canberra, and Melbourne’s South Bank, according to the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner.

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1989 for his services to the construction industry.

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