Advisory Reviews and investigations
The Board carries out Advisory Reviews of accredited certifiers and councils. The Reviews assist accredited certifiers and councils to carry out their functions as certifying authorities by focusing on education and promoting high standards of professionalism.
Advisory Reviews are undertaken by Board staff who check the register of projects, access records required to be kept by the Building Professionals Regulation and undertake a specific assessment of selected files against a standard checklist.
The checklist provides a guide for Board staff to record details relevant to the Advisory Review. While matters outside of the checklist may also be considered, the checklist is made available below to give accredited certifiers, and others, an insight into the matters that the Board generally considers when conducting an Advisory Review.
- View the Audit Checklist for certifiers here.
- View the Audit Checklist for councils here.
Certifiers or councils are given the opportunity to respond to any matters regarding practice that are identified through the Review. This allows certifiers and councils to explain the practices or procedures that have been, or will be, implemented to address any issues.
The Board's Director considers all Advisory Reviews as well as certifier or council responses. If required, the Director may refer the outcome of the Advisory Review to the Board's Disciplinary Committee to consider whether a matter should be the subject of an Investigation under the Building Professionals Act 2005 (BP Act).
Accredited certifiers and councils are notified of the outcome of their Advisory Review in writing.
The Board has powers under section 45 and 46 of the BP Act to investigate the work and activities of accredited certifiers and councils in their certification role.
An investigation is usually conducted at the certifier's or council offices and generally involves a review of development files for which the accredited certifier or council was the certifying authority. Investigations primarily focus on completed developments and the certification processes employed.
A report is forwarded to the relevant accredited certifier or council for comment after the investigation.
The report as well as any certifier or council responses are considered by the Board's Disciplinary Committee.
The accredited certifier or council the subject of the investigation will be notified of the outcome.
Note: The above is a summary only of the investigation process. For full details of the investigation process refer to section 45 and 46 of the Building Professionals Act.