Certification data reporting

To strengthen certification and building regulation in NSW, accredited certifiers and local councils will soon be required to report data on building certification to the NSW Government.

Certification data is currently held by certifiers and councils in different formats and systems. Collecting this will help improve public policy by giving the Government real-time, centralised information on development and construction activity across NSW.

An introductory, voluntary data reporting phase will commence in early 2018 to help certifiers and councils prepare for and adapt to the new requirements. Reporting will then be mandatory from a date soon to be announced. Certifiers and councils will be kept informed of key dates and other important details via email.

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Who will report data?

The principal certifying authority (PCA) has responsibility to report data. This includes councils, category A1, A2 and A3 certifiers and accredited bodies corporate.

Certifiers in categories A4, B1, C1-C16, D1 and E1 are not required to report data, but their existing, legislated recordkeeping requirements still apply.

What data needs to be reported?

Data will be submitted throughout the development process, from PCA appointment to the issue of the final occupation certificate.

The data includes details of the development, critical stage inspections, certificates and notices, as well as details of the PCA, developer and builder. Download a summary of the required data fields.

How can data be reported?

Councils and certifiers will be able to choose from three reporting options:

  • API (application programming interface)
  • SFTP (secure file transfer protocol)
  • CertAbility app for mobile and tablet (iOS / Apple and Android).

Reporting frequency will vary slightly between the three options.

Certifiers and councils, start considering which option will be best for you.

Providers of certification software are invited to contact the Board to access technical information about the API and SFTP channels.

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