Legislation and circulars

Accredited certifiers are public officials and must meet strict legislated standards for impartiality, professional practice, knowledge and experience.

Legislative framework

The main legislative instruments governing the accreditation, role and responsibilities of accredited certifiers in NSW are the Building Professionals Act 2005 and the Building Professionals Regulation 2007.

Since 1 March 2007, the Building Professionals Board has administered this Act and Regulation, which enable the Board to accredit, regulate, investigate and take disciplinary action against certifiers. Read more about the role of the Board.

Links: NSW legislation website
Other legislation and standards

Many legislative instruments, policies and building standards are important for certifiers, such as:

Additional requirements for council certifiers

Certifiers who are employed by a council are subject to the requirements of the external Local Government Act 1993 for council employees. This Act contains, among other things, additional code of conduct provisions.


The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment publishes circulars related to legislation and policy. These guidance documents are not a substitute for professional legal advice.

The circulars help certifiers and councils by explaining how to meet the requirements of the legislation on a day-to-day basis. The circulars are also useful as benchmarks to assess current work practices.