Wednesday, June 26, 2024

MBIE seeks to strengthen building occupational regulations

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is commencing a public consultation seeking feedback on the Licensed Building Practitioner; Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers; Electrical Workers and Registered Architects occupational regulation regimes.

“Occupational regulation plays a critical role in our building system, protecting New Zealanders from harm by ensuring services are performed with reasonable and consistent care and skill,” says MBIE Manager Building Policy, Amy Moorhead.

The consultation proposes further improvements to the Licensed Building Practitioner regime, seeks feedback on potential codes of ethics for the Electrical Workers and Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers regimes and seeks input into a review of the Registered Architects Act.

“MBIE is seeking feedback from all New Zealanders who work in or use building and construction services,” says Ms Moorhead.

“People who are licensed or registered members of these regimes benefit from the increased professionalism and skillset of all members, as well as improved public confidence in the work that they do. We want to hear from people who work in the building and construction sector to understand what you need to feel safe and supported in your career.

“We also want to understand the perspective of people who use the services provided by those working in the sector – New Zealanders who employ or contract people for their skills and knowledge when building, designing and maintaining homes and buildings.

“Occupational regulation exists to build your trust in the industry and keep you safe when using building and construction services, as well as help ensure that building work is done right the first time and get fairer outcomes if things go wrong.

“Your feedback will help shape the changes needed to ensure occupational regulation in the building and construction sector is fit for purpose and delivers for all New Zealanders.”

A discussion document has been published to the MBIE website:

Have your say

You can address any sections in the consultation, you do not have to complete all the sections.

Submissions are due by 5pm on Thursday 6 April 2023.

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