Construction laws under consideration: Nali
This will involve the assessment of the building 1971 Act and the Building Regulations 1994and a diagnostic assessment by the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) Building Council.
“The Department of Public Works and Highways (DoWH) is undergoing significant reforms in the way it approaches infrastructure development in Papua New Guinea. These changes are driven by the need for connectivity and accessibility, which are fundamental to driving economic growth and development. The transport and road infrastructure sector has been at the center of these reforms. But increasingly, the DoWH intends to give equal attention to the construction infrastructure industry in terms of setting standards and regulations, which are an important part of the whole industry. construction in the country. DoWH realizes that the construction infrastructure industry is in disarray and needs to be properly guided by a cohesive policy framework that seeks to develop, promote and support the industry. Part of this awareness is also the need to review legislation governing the construction industry,” said Minister Nali.
The policy framework will set new benchmarks for building standards and codes, material standards including pre-engineered materials, health and safety standards, climate change and environmental requirements, pricing, import verification requirements, etc.
Mr Nali said: “The framework will bring effective government oversight and regulation of the industry and weed out builders who think they can build buildings to their own standards.
The Minister explained: “The Building Act 1971 whose purpose is to regulate and control the construction of buildings is a renewal of the legislation prior to independence, whereas the Regulation, which was adopted from the Australian Building Standards and enacted in 1994, is very detailed in the permit approval process, standards and building code specifications. The purpose of the review is to update and modernize both the Act and the Regulation on the basis of recurring issues affecting both the public sector and the private building sector.
Minister Nali added that a diagnostic assessment of the NCDC Building Council will be conducted as part of the review exercise.
“Port Moresby, as the largest and most dynamic city in the country, needs and deserves special attention and high-level intervention amid growing concerns about council performance. Accordingly, this important diagnostic assessment is necessary to establish the current challenges or constraints and recommend appropriate policy actions to address these challenges or constraints so that the Board is sufficiently empowered and up to the expectations imposed by the ambitious development goals of the city,” he said.
Minister Nali announced that the review will be led by the DoWH which will be assisted by a team of building industry professionals and public policy experts. Key stakeholders in the building and construction industry, both private sector and government agencies, will be consulted during the review.
He encouraged all stakeholders to participate in the review so that legislative, policy and procedural reforms lay the foundation for a more focused, effective and responsive building regulatory framework.
The review started at the end of January and will be completed within 6 months.