Building Regulations Advisory Committee
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) is a committee of building industry representatives that has two roles set out in the Building Act 1993. It provides advice to the Minister for Planning on draft building regulations and also accredits building products, construction methods and components or systems connected with building work.
What is the BRAC's role in providing regulatory advice?
The BRAC considers proposed amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA); proposed Australian Standards referenced in the BCA and Victorian building regulation amendments. The VBA also seeks the advice of the BRAC on technical, administrative and regulatory issues. This can include seeking responses to fire reports prepared by the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and the Country Fire Authority, matters raised by other industry bodies and its members, as well as matters raised by other statutory bodies.
What is BRAC's role in product accreditation?
The BRAC assesses product accreditation applications against the performance requirements of the BCA. The product accreditation process relates to innovative solutions that are difficult to assess by individual building surveyors. Central assessment provides the opportunity for consistency and greater efficiency. The BRAC cannot consider applications for building products in circumstances where the product complies with the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA.
BRAC Committee Members
David Bennett QC (Chair)
Commissioner, Victorian Building Authority
Gregory du Chateau
Nominated by the Property Council
Nominated by Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Victorian Chapter
Minister's appointment Country Fire Brigade Authority Act 1958 and Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958
Nominated by Architects Australia
Nominated by Housing Industry Association, Victoria/Tasmania Division
Nominated by the Minister for Planning to administer Part 4 of the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994
Nominated by Melbourne City Council
Nominated by The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Nominated by the Municipal Association of Victoria
Nominated by the Institution of Engineers Australia, Victoria Division
Legal practitioner representative
Minister's appointment with building industry experience
Nominated by Master Builders Association of Victoria