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 Brisbane, commencing in 2023.

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 and friendly environment.

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

Applications close 8 January 2023

Employment Opportunity – Building Surveyor – Unrestricted – Sydney CBD

The Opportunity

Philip Chun are seeking experienced Building Surveyor’s – Unrestricted to join our team in our Sydney CBD office located at Australia Square.

Reporting to an Associate and working with a collaborative team, you will have the opportunity to work on a comprehensive range of projects as either the Principal Registered Certifier or BCA Consultant from project inception to completion. This role will allow you to establish yourself as a leading figure in the industry, developing professional relationships and building a strong client base. You will enjoy the benefit of not only improving your own knowledge base and experience but also being able to mentor and train junior staff in the team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out the day-to-day functions of a Principal Registered Certifier
  • Assessing applications for and issuing Complying Development Certificates, Construction Certificates, Occupation Certificates and Crown Certification under the relevant Legislation
  • BCA assessment and reporting
  • Carrying out inspections and auditing of new and existing buildings
  • Assessment of performance-based solutions on all classes of buildings including liaising with fire safety engineers and Fire & Rescue NSW
  • Providing advice to clients in a comprehensive written and verbal consulting role
  • Preparation of fees in accordance with company structure and client requirements
  • Attend meetings and provide advice on regulatory compliance matters
  • Ability to identify and pursue opportunities that benefit the business

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Registration as a Building Surveyor – Unrestricted with a minimum of 3 years experience at this accreditation level
  • Tertiary Qualifications in a relevant field
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with all aspects of the EP&A Act and EP&A Regulations, BCA (Volume 1 and 2) including documents adopted by reference in the BCA including relevant Australian Standards
  • Superior organisational and communication skills
  • Proven experience working across a diverse range of projects
  • A desire to be part of our team including mentoring and training junior staff
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clients to meet their requirements and BCA regulations

Package

A salary package of up to $220K including a bonus structure is on offer for the suitable candidate.

Relevant industry memberships including training, seminars etc to maintain CPD as well as annual accreditation renewals are also included

Additional annual leave between Xmas & NYE provided.

Flexible working arrangements are available for the successful candidate.

Application

Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the role to emily.raper@philipchun.com

Employment Opportunity – Building Surveyor / Certifier – Brisbane CBD

Philip Chun is a leading 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 Building Surveyor / Certifier in our Brisbane Office.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Extensive experience applying the Building Code of Australia and Queensland Development Code.
  • Solid understanding of planning Act 2016 and Building Act 1975 processes for certification in Queensland.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively manage the compliance process for complex class 2-9 buildings.
  • Excellent interpersonal written communication and problem-solving skills.
  • A long-term interest in contributing to, and promoting, this critical role in the construction industry.
  • A desire to work as a part of a busy team in dynamic team environment.

To be considered to this position you must possess:

  • A minimum 3-5 year’s Commercial Experience as a Building Regulation Consultant or Accredited Certifier in either the Local Government or private sector.
  • Registration as an Accredited Building Certifier – Building Surveying Grade 1.  However consideration will be given to candidates who are close to achieving registration.
  • Demonstrated experience in certification work for a variety of class 2-9 building projects.
  • Extensive experience with all aspects of the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards.
  • Relevant Tertiary qualifications.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels.
  • The ability to work within a highly motivated team of consultants.
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership with AIBS.
  • Computer and keyboard skills with knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office.
  • Open Driver’s Licence.
  • You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out the day-to-day functions/role of a level 1 Building Certifier.
  • Prepare and issue inspection reports.
  • Assessing applications and issuing the Building Development Approval and Certificate of Occupancy.
  • BCA assessment and reporting, including carrying out inspections of building.
  • Written and verbal advice to clients in a consulting role.
  • Provision of preliminary and concept stage compliance advice.
  • Assessment of performance-based solutions a on all classes of buildings including liaising with fire safety engineers and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
  • Auditing of buildings.
  • Mentoring of cadet Building Surveyors.

Salary Package:

An attractive salary package commensurate with skills and experience will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Application:

Please email your resume with a COVER LETTER outlining your suitability for the role to Brisbane@philipchun.com

 

Employment Opportunity – Senior Building Code Consultant – Kingsford Smith Airport MASCOT  

Established in 1990, Philip Chun provides building code, accessibility and essential services consulting to the construction and development industry.  Our staff consist of accredited Building Certifiers, Inspectors and Consultants, Airport Building Controllers, Access Consultants, Essential Services Consultants including Accredited Practitioners (Fire Safety) as well as established and professional support staff.

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, Philip Chun are one of Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary consulting companies

Our diverse range of projects spans the commercial, residential, health, education, industrial, government, retail, transport and public infrastructure sectors.

The Opportunity

Philip Chun are seeking an experienced Building Code Consultant to join our team located at Kingsford Smith Airport at Mascot.

Reporting to an Airport Building Controller, and working with a collaborative team, you will have the opportunity to work on all Building Approvals at Kingsford Smith Airport from project inception to completion. You will enjoy the benefit of not only improving your own knowledge base and experience but also be mentored by some of the longest standing and most experienced private certifiers in Australia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out the day-to-day functions of a Building Code Consultant.
  • Assessing applications for and issuing Exemptions, Building Permits, Work Permits and Demolition Authorisations as required under Airports Act 10996 And Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1998.
  • BCA assessment and reporting, including carrying out inspections of buildings.
  • Provides advice to applicants in a written and verbal consulting role.
  • Attends meetings, provide BCA compliance comments, advise on regulatory compliance matters and provide training on compliance in relation to the Airports Act & Building Control Regulations.
  • Assessment of performance-based solutions on all classes of buildings including liaising with fire safety engineers and Fire & Rescue NSW.
  • Flexibly adapts to a dynamic work environment as well as managing time to meet project budgets and time frames.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Minimum 3 years experience as a Building Code Consultant or Accredited Certifier in either Local Government or private sector.
  • Tertiary Qualifications in relevant field
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with all aspects of the EP&A Act and EP&A Regulations, BCA (Volume 1 and 2) including documents adopted by reference in the BCA such as Australian Standards with all aspects of the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards. Preference will be given to Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Prior experience working across a diverse range of projects will be highly regarded
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clients to meet their requirements and BCA regulations

Please note the successful applicant will be subject to a Police Check and must be an Australian citizen to undergo the Baseline Security Clearance process.

Package

An attractive salary package commensurate with experience is on offer for the suitable candidate.

Relevant industry memberships as well as training, seminars etc to maintain CPD are included.

Additional paid leave between Christmas and New Year is available to all permanent staff members.

 

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Employment Opportunity – Senior Access Consultant – Sydney CBD Office

Established in 1990, Philip Chun provides building code, accessibility and essential services consulting to the construction and development industry.  Our staff consist of accredited Building Certifiers, Inspectors and Consultants, Airport Building Controllers, Access Consultants, Essential Services Consultants including Accredited Practitioners (Fire Safety) as well as established and professional support staff.

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, Philip Chun are one of Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary consulting companies

Our diverse range of projects spans the commercial, residential, health, education, industrial, government, retail, transport and public infrastructure sectors.

The Opportunity

Philip Chun are seeking a Senior Access Consultant to join our team at our Sydney CBD office.

Reporting to the Associate and working with a collaborative team, you will have the opportunity to work on a comprehensive range of projects as the Access Consultant from project inception to completion. This role will allow you to establish yourself as a leading figure in the industry, developing professional relationships and building a strong client base. You will enjoy the benefit of not only improving your own knowledge base and experience but also being able to mentor and train the other Access staff in the team.

Key Responsibilities

  • DDA assessment and reporting throughout all design stages and the approvals process
  • Carry out site inspections and building audits to a ensure work complies with relevant Acts, Standards and Codes as it relates to people with disabilities
  • Liaise and negotiate with clients, relevant authorities and their consultants to achieve optimum outcomes
  • Providing advice to clients in a comprehensive written and verbal consulting role on DDA issues
  • Preparation of fees in accordance with company structure and client requirements
  • Attend meetings and provide advice on regulatory compliance matters
  • Peer reviews
  • Management and mentoring of a small Sydney Access team, as well as contributing to the national Philip Chun Access team.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Tertiary qualifications in relevant field
  • Advanced knowledge of the DDA, BCA and relevant Australian Standards as well as an understanding of the principles of Universal Design
  • Membership with the ACAA (accreditation will be highly regarded)
  • A desire to be part of our team as well as the ability to mentor and train junior staff
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the client to meet their requirements and DDA regulations
  • Ability to identify and pursue opportunities that benefit the business
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills with the ability to manage competing deadlines

Package

An attractive salary package and incentives commensurate with skills and experience will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Relevant industry memberships as well as training, seminars etc to maintain CPD (if applicable) are included.

Application

If you would like to be considered for the position, please forward your resume together with a cover letter to emily.raper@philipchun.com

Employment Opportunity – Building Surveyor – Melbourne Airport office

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

An opportunity exists for a Building Surveyor in our Melbourne Airport office.  This is a full-time position with an immediate start date.

To be considered for this position you must have:

  • Registration as an Accredited Building Surveyor / Inspector (Limited / Unlimited), however candidates near to registration will be considered.
  • Commercial building surveying experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2018, Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels.
  • Possess a current driving licence.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • BCA assessment and reporting, including carrying out inspections of buildings.
  • Attend design meetings and provide regulatory advice.
  • Assessment of fire engineering analysis.
  • Auditing of buildings / enforcement.

Salary Package

An attractive salary package commensurate with skills and experience will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Application

Please note the successful applicant will be subject to a Police Check and must be an Australian citizen to undergo the Baseline Security Clearance process.

 

Please submit your resume with cover letter to karen.langton@philipchun.com 

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