The Building Works section is responsible for development and maintenance of the Building Works Manual (BWM) and associated guidelines and templates. The BWM has been developed to better align with best practice recommendations being made in relation construction industry and was approved as Defence policy by DEPSEC E&IG on 24 August 2020.
In mid-2017, the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) requested Professor Peter Shergold and Ms Bronwyn Weir to undertake an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. In April 2018, Professor Shergold and Ms Weir delivered the Building Confidence report to the BMF. The Building Ministers Forum released a collective response called the Building Confidence Report Implementation Plan in March 2019. At the BMF meeting in July 2019, State, Territory and Commonwealth ministers announced a unanimous decision to establish a national approach to implementation of recommendations made in the Building Confidence Report.
Defence acknowledges the significant contribution from Ms Weir, co-author of the Building Confidence Report and Mr Stephen Wise, Australian Consulting Manager Warringtonfire Australia Pty Ltd.
Mr Peter Smith