Right to information

On 1 July 2010 the external Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) came into effect as the new freedom of information legislation. The GIPA Act:

  • creates new rights to information to meet community expectations of a more open and transparent Government
  • encourages NSW Government agencies to proactively release Government information.

This is the ‘agency information guide’ for the Building Professionals Board as required under section 20(1) of the GIPA Act.

Our role and statutory functions

The Building Professionals Board is established under the Building Professionals Act 2005. What we do describes the Board’s role and statutory functions.

Services we provide impact the public and accredited certifiers by:

  • maintaining and promoting standards of building and subdivision certification in NSW
  • providing information about the certification process and helping people find and work with certifiers
  • facilitating ongoing education and training for certifiers
  • investigating and auditing certifiers and councils in their role as certifying authorities.

Public participation in policy-making and other functions

The Board conducts public consultation on proposed legislation and policy to refine the building certification system.

Subscribe to the Board’s e-news to be notified of consultation opportunities.

Government information held by the Board

  • Documents relating to legislation and policy-making, and associated correspondence
  • Minutes and correspondence to/from the Board and committees
  • Accreditation applications and associated documents
  • Documents relating to investigations and audits
  • Documents relating to internal administration

The Board publishes open access information on this website, and also publishes information proactively. This informs and educates certifiers, other stakeholders and the public of our activities and policies.

Accessing information held by the Board

Website

Use the navigation menu to access information on this website such as:

  • information about building certification and regulation and the legislative framework
  • information for certifiers, councils and accredited bodies corporate about their accreditation, obligations and responsibilities, professional development, investigations and audits
  • resources such as guidelines, forms, templates, tools and archived information.

Proactive disclosure

The Board releases information proactively under the GIPA Act when to do so serves an identified public interest.

Informal requests for information

If you seek information not already published, you may be able to access it without making a formal application. The Board will try (but is not required) to release information without a formal application. Informal requests will generally be granted unless the information falls into a category listed below.

Contact the Board to make an informal request.

Formal applications for information

You may need to lodge a formal application under the GIPA Act to access information, if:

  • there may be significant public interest considerations in deciding whether the information can be released
  • you request a large volume of information, or there is another reason the Board may take a significant amount of time to consider your request
  • you ask for third party information (requiring the Board to consult the third party).

Formal applications must be in writing and include an application fee.

The Building Professionals Board is part of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, which handles formal applications for information. Find out how to make a formal application for information under the GIPA Act.

Information that is not available

The GIPA Act does not allow the release of Cabinet information, Executive Council information, or documents that are subject to Parliamentary privilege.

The Board will not release information if there is an overriding public interest against its release.

If your application is refused, you have the right to have the decision reviewed by the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, Information and Privacy Commission NSW and/or the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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