Portal training – projects with a DA/CDC

Thank you to the many who attended this training. We had about 350 registrations (for four dedicated sessions); some attending a couple of times.

As I communicated in the training session, my personal aim in providing this targeted training, in consultation with the government team was to:

  • Raise awareness for the remedial industry
  • Equip building and design practitioners with a broad understanding of the ‘Developer’ profile and the DA process, so that you can manage your business conversations with Owners Corporations upfront before you commit to a DA related project
  • Support the smooth delivery of a project requiring an approvals pathway
  • Assist your decision making and risk profiling for your company

It is important for all to understand legislative requirements and how the portal works. The key message being that for work that has as DA/CDC the project can only be accessed by the remedial practitioner IF “someone” sets up the project via the ‘Developer’ profile (registration via the portal).

The RAB Act (2020) (Section 4) defines developer as follows:

Meaning of “developer”

For the purposes of this Act, a developer, in relation to building work, means any of the following persons, but does not include any person excluded from this definition by the regulations—

(a)  the person who contracted or arranged for, or facilitated or otherwise caused, (whether directly or indirectly) the building work to be carried out,

(b)  if the building work is the erection or construction of a building or part of a building—the owner of the land on which the building work is carried out at the time the building work is carried out,

(c)  the principal contractor for the building work within the meaning of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979,

(d)  in relation to building work for a strata scheme—the developer of the strata scheme within the meaning of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015,

(e)  any other person prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition.

Having early conversations with owners corporations about this process, should you become aware that a remedial project requires a DA/CDC, is important for your project management and mitigating risk to your companies.

The Department of Planning and Environment also has a public training calendar scheduled through to the end of the year. You are welcome to register and attend these sessions, click here.

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