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.

Building product accreditation

BRAC Committee Members

David Bennett QC (Chair)

Commissioner, Victorian Building Authority

Gregory du Chateau

Nominated by the Property Council

Vacant

Nominated by Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Victorian Chapter

Adam Dalrymple

Minister's appointment Country Fire Brigade Authority Act 1958 and Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958

Vacant

Nominated by Architects Australia

Stephen Greenwood

Nominated by Housing Industry Association, Victoria/Tasmania Division

Angela Jurjevic

Nominated by the Minister for Planning to administer Part 4 of the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994

Joseph Genco

Nominated by Melbourne City Council

Vacant

Nominated by The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

John Prendergast

Nominated by the Municipal Association of Victoria

Richard Drew

Nominated by the Institution of Engineers Australia, Victoria Division

Robert Seiffert

Consumer representative

Vacant

Legal practitioner representative

Benita Husband

Minister's appointment with building industry experience

Melanie Fasham

Nominated by Master Builders Association of Victoria