Building Regulations Advisory Committee

The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) is an independent statutory body established under section 210 of the Building Act 1993 (the Act).

The BRAC functions are set out in section 211 of the Act.

These are to:

  • advise the Minister on:
    • draft regulations prepared under the Act
    • the administration of the Act and the regulations
    • the impact on the building regulations system
    • issues relating to the building permit levy
    • any matter referred to it by the Minister.

and

List of accredited building products

BRAC’s terms of reference are currently under review.

The BRAC comprises 16 members who have been appointed by the Minister for Planning for their expertise.

Committee members (as at 25 October 2020)

  • 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
  • Andrew Andreou
    Nominated by the Minister for Emergency Services
  • Nick Karatatis
    Nominated by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Steven Baxas
    Nominated by Melbourne City Council
  • Wayne Liddy
    Nominated by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Regina Bron
    Nominated by the Australian Institute of Architects
  • Brian Murphy
    Member with building industry experience
  • Richard Drew
    Nominated by Engineers Australia
  • Natasha Stojanovich
    Lawyer
  • Melanie Fasham
    Nominated by the Master Builders Association
  • Michael Spence
    Consumer Advocate
  • Peter Zagorski
    Nominated by the Housing Industry Association
  • Mehran Khademollah
    Nominated by the Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Greg Blanch
    Nominated by the Building Designers Association of Victoria

The 2019–20 year in review

In 2019–20, 11 BRAC meetings were convened in addition to sub-committee meetings, with meeting attendance shown below.

Six applications for building product accreditation were received in the 2019–20 financial year. Three products received accreditation and three applications for accreditation are under consideration.

BRAC members’ attendance is reported below and by the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner at www.publicboards.vic.gov.au.

Member name Term of appointment Meetings
attended
Maximum
possible
Yvonne von Hartel AM (Chair)

12 August 2016 to 28 February 2020

1 March 2020 to 30 September 2022

10 11
Aristidis Akritidis 20 December 2016 to 19 December 2019 3 6
Andrew Andreou 8 October 2018 to 19 September 2021 9 11
Steven Baxas 25 July 2018 to 24 July 2021 11 11
Ms Regina Bron 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 10 11
Warren Brooker 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 9 11
Mr Richard Drew 20 September 2018 to 19 September 2021 8 11
Greg du Chateau 20 September 2018 to 19 September 2021 10 11
Melanie Fasham 20 September 2018 to 19 September 2021 9 11
Nick Karatatis 17 February 2019 to 30 June 2022 4 6
Wayne Liddy 4 November 2019 to 30 June 2022 5 7
Brian Murphy 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 11 11
Stephen Scimonello 25 July 2018 to 24 July 2021 1 4
Michael Spence 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 10 11
Natasha Stojanovich 1 September 2019 to 30 June 2022 9 9
Mark White

7 August 2016 to 6 August 2019

7 August 2019 to 30 June 2022

10 11
Peter Zagorski 28 December 2018 to 19 September 2021 11 11