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This Week’s Highlight: Building Product Assurance Framework

The Department of Industry, Science and Resources seeks a consultant to research, review, and assess existing building control measures. The aim is to address issues associated with the manufacture, supply, and use of non-conforming and non-compliant building products.

The 2018 Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations to address systemic failures across the Australian building and construction industry. One outcome was the National Building Product Assurance Framework (BPAF), which aims to improve building product compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC). This reduces the risk associated with the use of inferior and sometimes dangerous products used in the construction of buildings.

Building Ministers have endorsed the required deliverable of the BPAF as: “A nationally consistent and coordinated system of building product assurance and regulation to ensure that building products are manufactured, supplied and utilised in compliance and conformance with laws, codes and standards to deliver trustworthy buildings.”

This Request for Tender (RFT) invites suitably qualified consultants/contractors to submit for the Building Product Assurance Framework Project. The Department will use information from the project to inform the advancement of a nationally consistent and coordinated system of building product assurance and regulation.

The scope of work involves assessing elements of the existing building control system within Australia, including:

· building product audit and enforcement powers

· building product traceability and labelling requirements

· data-sharing methods and protocols used currently between conformity assessment bodies (CABs) and state and territory regulators

· learnings from CodeMark/WaterMark, the Australian Gas Association’s (AGA) gas product certification scheme, and the Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme experiences to date.

Commencement date of the contract is 22 May 2023, with an anticipated timeframe of four months and an option to extend.

The closing date for responses is 3pm ACT local time on 17 April 2023.

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