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.

Terms of Reference

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.

Building product accreditation

Committee members

Yvonne von Hartel AM (Chair)
Commissioner, Victorian Building Authority
Gregory du Chateau
Nominated by the Property Council of Australia
Mark White
Nominated by the Minister for Finance
Position vacant
Nominated by the Municipal Association of Victoria
Andrew Andreou
Nominated by the Minister for Emergency Services
Aristidis Akritidis
Nominated by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Steven Baxas
Nominated by Melbourne City Council
Stephen Scimonello
Nominated by the Municipal Association of Victoria
Regina Bron
Nominated by the Australian Institute of Architects
Benita Husband
Member with building industry experience, nominated by the Minister for Planning
Richard Drew
Nominated by Engineers Australia
Position vacant
Lawyer
Melanie Fasham
Nominated by the Master Builders Association
Robert Seiffert OAM
Consumer Advocate
Michael Hermon
Nominated by the Housing Industry Association