Employment Opportunity – Cadet Building Surveyor – Perth

Cadet Building Surveyor – Perth

Philip Chun is a multi-disciplinary consulting company providing certification, building code, accessibility, fire and life safety consulting services to the construction and development industry.

We currently have a position available for a Cadet Building Surveyor in our Perth office.

To be considered for this position you must possess:

  • A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels.
  • Strong ability to read, interpret and write technical reports.
  • The ability to work within a highly motivated team of consultants.
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Computer and keyboard skills with knowledge and understanding of Microsoft software.
  • Open Driver’s License.
  • Australian Citizenship.
  • A commitment to either commence or continue a Bachelor of Building Surveying or equivalent tertiary course of study.

Experience or knowledge of the Building Code of Australia and Western Australian Building legislation will be viewed favourably.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Diligently undertake an approved course of tertiary studies that will provide a Building Surveying degree qualification.
  • Progressively acquire knowledge of the Building Code of Australia and other legislation relative to building development.
  • Progressively acquire those skills necessary to assist in the assessment, approval, inspection and certification of building work under the Western Australian Building Act and Building Regulations.
  • Client liaison, problem solving and technical/project management of projects.
  • Undertake other building surveying and regulatory duties to support senior staff.

For the successful candidate, Philip Chun will provide:

  • Mentoring and training from senior staff.
  • A contribution to tertiary education fees.
  • A supportive, friendly environment.

Please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to perth@philipchun.com

Applications close Friday 21 January 2022

 

Employment Opportunity – Cadet Building Surveyor – Brisbane

Philip Chun is a multi-disciplinary consulting company providing certification, building code, accessibility, fire and life safety consulting services to the construction and development industry.

We currently have a position available for a Cadet Building Surveyor in our Brisbane office.

To be considered for this position you must possess:

  • A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels.
  • Strong ability to read, interpret and write technical reports.
  • The ability to work within a highly motivated team of consultants.
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Computer and keyboard skills with knowledge and understanding of Microsoft software.
  • Open Driver’s License.
  • Australian Citizenship.
  • A commitment to either commence or continue a Bachelor of Building Surveying or equivalent tertiary course of study.

Experience or knowledge of the Building Code of Australia and Queensland Building legislation will be viewed favourably.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Diligently undertake an approved course of tertiary studies that will provide a Building Surveying degree qualification.
  • Progressively acquire knowledge of the Building Code of Australia and other legislation relative to building development.
  • Progressively acquire those skills necessary to assist in the assessment, approval, inspection and certification of building development under the Queensland Building Act.
  • Client liaison, problem solving and technical/project management of projects.
  • Undertake other building surveying and regulatory duties to support senior staff.

For the successful candidate, Philip Chun will provide:

  • Mentoring and training from senior staff.
  • A contribution to tertiary education fees.
  • A supportive, friendly environment.

Please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to brisbane@philipchun.com

Applications close Tuesday 17 August 2021

How NSW government red tape will increase housing construction costs and delays

SUE WILLIAMS DOMAIN REPORTER MAR 5, 2021

A NSW government scheme to fast-track construction planning and slash red tape in order to boost jobs and keep the economy moving is doing exactly the opposite, claims one of the key groups in the building process.

Registered certifiers warn that unless it’s fixed soon, it’s going to lead to increased housing construction costs and delays, which will help stymie any hopes of a recovery, and increase the risk of shoddy illegal buildings.

“The Planning Portal is a massive failure, which is adding significant red tape and administrative burden to the entire planning process,” said Jill Brookfield, CEO of the Association of Australian Certifiers (AAC).

“The public will ultimately pay the price for this clunky system through higher housing construction costs and unnecessary delays. The system is creating confusion amongst applicants who are just trying to get homes built and confusion amongst practitioners in the industry.”

She says the system has been plagued by technical glitches and unnecessary red tape and duplications, and that the government should suspend its operation until these issues are fixed. Already, some firms are having to take on additional administrative staff just to try to come to terms with it.

“In its current form, the portal makes a mockery of the NSW government’s commitment to reduce unnecessary regulatory imposts on businesses,” Ms Brookfield said.

The portal is an online digital tool to supposedly allow industry, government and the community to work together, better understand the building planning process and streamline the whole system. From January 1 this year, it is mandatory it is used for complying development certificates and post-development certificates in NSW.

It was introduced by the government with huge fanfare last year, with Planning Minister Rob Stokes saying: “We are fast-tracking assessments to keep people in jobs, boost the construction pipeline and keep our economy moving.”

But since its start, critics allege it’s been plagued with problems, and the AAC says it’s frequently not working because of technical glitches, a lack of built-in intuitive processes and duplication, and wasn’t built with any meaningful understanding of relevant legislative and regulatory obligations.

Responding to the tide of criticism, a spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment said the portal and the ePlanning Digital Services have transformed what was a manual, paper-based system into a digital service that enables all parties to work together in a secure transparent online environment.

“Ongoing enhancements are made to the system to ensure it continues to meet the requirements of planning rules and the needs of all its users – be it the community, councils, industry and private certifiers,” she said.

“As is the case in everything we do, we highly value feedback from industry and those in the community, and are currently working with the AAC to address some of their observations to improve the ePlanning system for all users.”

Since January 2021, the department said only one unplanned outage had occurred on the NSW Planning Portal which was due to a global incident on January 15 originating with Microsoft that affected all of their customers. A meeting has now also been scheduled with Ms Brookfield.

The AAC has built a portfolio of its complaints and the department’s responses which it describes as often completely irrelevant to the issues raised. Frequently, certifiers complain that the system in its current form is just too complicated for even sophisticated users to navigate, and responses to points made do nothing to help its workability.

Registered certifier Robert Marinelli, the vice-president of the AAC, says the industry is having so many issues with the system, and the department seems manifestly reluctant to act on complaints and change any of its functions.

“We are on the coalface of how this work gets done but we’re just not being listened to,” Mr Marinelli said. “It’s very red tape-driven, it’s over-complicated and it’s causing so much confusion.

“It’s putting roadblocks up to construction when we should be starting this work quickly and people get frustrated with the system and just build without meeting the legislative requirements to have approvals in place before they start. So the quality of buildings will potentially suffer.

“The government should just postpone it and get it right, then they can relaunch it.”

Photo Credit: Marc Pricop

Prohibition of High-Risk Cladding Products Declaration, VIC

13th January 2021

The Minister for Planning, and Minister responsible for administering the Building Act 1993, has declared certain external wall cladding products to be prohibited from being used by any person in the course of carrying out any building work in connection with buildings of Type A or Type B construction under section 192B(1) of the Building Act 1993 (Building Act).

Click link below to read more.

Prohibition of High-Risk Cladding Products Declaration

Introduction of the NSW e-planning portal

Commencing on the 1st January 2021, the NSW Department of Planning requires all new applications to be submitted through the NSW e-planning portal. This has been mandated through amendments to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000.

https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/

This includes:
• Complying Development Certificates
• Development Applications
• Post Consent Certificates (CC, OC, SC, PCA, SWC)
• Section 10.7 Planning Certificates

To submit an application, you firstly need to register for the NSW Planning Portal.

Instructions on how to do this are available here.

In order to now apply for a CDC, CC or OC you will need to ensure that you select Philip Chun BC NSW Pty LTD as your Building Certifier.
Once registered, follow the specific instructions on how to submit the below applications:

Complying Development Certificate
Occupation Certificate
Construction Certificate
Planning Certificate 10.7
Development Application

Only applications received after 1st January 2021 need to be submitted through the portal.

If you have encounter any difficulties or have any queries regarding the eplanning portal, please contact them via:
1300 305 695 or info@service.nsw.gov.au.

If you require any assistance with your application or have any questions, please contact us.

If you require assistance from the NSW planning portal or have complaints or concerns, please contact them here.

Robert Marinelli – Managing Director
Philip Chun BC NSW Pty Ltd
02 9412 2322

Celebrating 30 Years

In 2020 Philip Chun celebrated our 30th anniversary.

Since the firm’s inception in 1990 Philip Chun has grown to be Australia’s largest building regulation consulting group with people in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

Today Philip Chun serves commercial and government clients in all areas of building compliance, as well as across a range of industries from health, education, transport to defence.

We are pleased to have our Founding Director, Robert Marinelli at the helm.