Certification data reporting

To strengthen certification and building regulation in NSW, accredited certifiers and local councils will soon be required to report data on building certification to the NSW Government. This will be mandatory from 1 July 2018.

Certification data is currently held by certifiers and councils in different formats and systems. Collecting this will help improve public policy by giving the Government real-time, centralised information on building activity across NSW.

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Who needs to report data?

The principal certifying authority (PCA) has responsibility to report data. This includes councils, category A1, A2 and A3 certifiers and accredited bodies corporate.

Certifiers in categories A4, B1, C1-C16, D1 and E1 are not required to report data, but their existing, legislated recordkeeping requirements still apply.

What data needs to be reported?

Data is submitted throughout the development process, from commencement of building work through to the issue of the final occupation certificate. It includes details of the development, parties involved, critical stage inspections, certificates and notices. Download a pdf summary of the required data fields (PDF | 198.8K).

How can data be reported?

Councils and certifiers can choose from three reporting options:

  • API (application programming interface)
  • SFTP (secure file transfer protocol)
  • CertAbility app for mobile and tablet (iOS / Apple and Android).

Data must be reported within two business days of each event (e.g. completing a critical stage inspection).

Certifiers and councils should already have chosen their preferred data reporting option and begun preparations to report data.

Providers of certification software can download technical specifications for the API and SFTP channels.

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