The NSW Building Commission – Achievements, challenges and the future

Presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Union, University of Schools Club (UUSC)

Event details

Wednesday 15 May 2024
Time (AEST)

12:00pm – 2:00pm (In-person)

12:30pm – 2:00pm (Online)


In-person – $50

Online – Free


Union, University & Schools Club (UUSC), 25 Bent Street, Sydney


> David Chandler OAM, NSW Building Commissioner


Join us for an exclusive update on the Building Commission’s efforts in NSW to make significant strides in improving building construction standards. Established by the government in 2019 to tackle issues plaguing apartment buildings like Opal Towers and Mascot Towers, the Commission, under the leadership of David Chandler OAM, has already improved standards in NSW.

Hear from David Chandler OAM, the inaugural Building Commissioner, who will provide insights into the Commission’s activities, challenges it has faced and the strategies it has implemented to regulate the building of residential apartment buildings in NSW. Hear firsthand about the impact of the Commission’s work, including calling out dodgy builders, strengthening regulations, and enhancing services for purchasers.

Join us on Wednesday 15 May to gain valuable insights into the state of building construction in NSW, learn about the Commission’s successes and ongoing efforts to combat problematic practices and participate in a Q&A session with David Chandler OAM.


David Chandler OAM

NSW Building Commissioner

David has extensive experience across construction in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He was the Construction Director for Australia’s New Parliament House. Since, he has led enterprises involved in major projects, public capital works procurement, business transition and transaction due-diligence. David has experience in distressed project and company workouts. He has been Chairman and Director on a range of private and public boards, joint-ventures and enquiries into the performance of the construction industry. David has strong interests in the urban renewal, housing and education sectors. He was the Deputy Chair of the BER Implementation review.

David is widely published, sharing modern construction insights and commentary across all of today’s media platforms. He is a regular industry presenter and facilitator of modern construction learning and workshops. David has until recently been an Adjunct Professor in Construction Management at Western Sydney University. He was the founding Industry Engagement Lead for the successful Centre for Smart Modern Construction – c4SMC. The Centre involves industry and academic collaboration to invest in modern construction research, academic and industry capability building to help prepare the next generation of constructors to be future ready. David is an advocate for the modernisation of a viable Australian construction sector.