NSW – Reporting serious defects in buildings with Project Intervene

Project Intervene has been established to respond to serious defects in recently completed and occupied residential apartment buildings.

It aims to find resolutions for owners corporations to have serious defects remediated through the Better Regulation Division / NSW Fair Trading.

NSW Fair Trading has strong compliance and enforcement powers under the Residential Apartment Building Act. This could save you money and time that is spent on litigation which has low prospects of success.

This project improves the process and timeframes for you to have serious defects in your apartment remediated.

Project Intervene will commence in late 2022. 

Who is it for?

To be assessed for eligibility to participate, the building must have:

  • a developer or builder who is still solvent
  • an occupation certificate issued within the past six years
  • four storeys or more
  • serious defects in common property.

According to the Design and Building Practitioner legislation, there are five building elements. Listed below are examples of serious defects related to each of those building elements:

  1. Fire safety 
  2. Waterproofing 
  3. Structure 
  4. Building enclosure 
  5. Building services 

Click the link for full details of each element and videos on Project Intervene which is aimed at Strata Managers and Strata Committee Members.

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