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Guiding development: better outcomes
Guiding development: better outcomes is a set of practice notes issued from 1999-2001. There have been many legislative and administrative changes since this time, but the notes outline principles for good professional practice that are applicable today.
- Overview (PDF | 130.7K) (September 1999)
- Avoiding corruption (PDF | 1.2M) (August 2001)
- Before work begins (September 1999)
- Enforcement of development consents and complying development certificates (PDF | 1.1M) (August 2001)
- Exercising discretion (PDF | 65K) (August 2001)
- Private certification of strata plans (PDF | 52K) (June 2000)
- Complying development (PDF | 353.1K) (September 1999)
- Conditions of development consent (PDF | 55K) (September 1999)
- Construction certificates and the BCA (PDF | 821.5K) (September 1999)
- Construction certificates for building work (PDF | 953.3K) (September 1999)
- Construction certificates for subdivision (PDF | 635.4K) (September 1999)
- Public and private sector roles (PDF | 468.8K) (September 1999)
- The role of the principal certifying authority (PDF | 952.9K) (September 1999)
- When is there a conflict of interest for an accredited certifier? (August 2001)
- The use of compliance certificates (PDF | 490.2K) (September 1999)
- What are the different types of development application? (PDF | 523.1K) (September 1999)
- What to expect on your development consent (September 1999)
- When is a section 96 modification required? (September 1999)
- Who is an accredited certifier? (PDF | 471K) (September 1999)
- Who is responsible? Liability issues (September 1999)
From 2010 to 2013 the Board published a series of summaries of selected complaints and investigations. These were intended to assist certifiers, consent authorities and the public to achieve good outcomes from the certification process.
- Edition 1 March 2010
- Edition 2 June 2010
- Edition 3 March 2011
- Edition 4 November 2011
- Audit special December 2011
- Edition 5 March 2012
- Edition 6 September 2012
- Advisory review special December 2012
- Edition 7 April 2013
Conflicts of interest and the 'Stapleton protocol'
Advice issued in 2005 about accredited certifiers and conflicts of interest. Issued in response to the 'Stapleton case': No.2  NSWADT 70.