Northern Territory Government Newsroom

Building Reform 2021

The Territory Labor Government is prioritising reforms to building regulations to give our community even greater confidence in the local building industry.

The Territory’s construction industry supports local jobs and creates homes for Territorians. We want to make sure that when Territorians make their biggest investment, they feel safe in their homes and are confident that it has been built to a quality standard that meets the National Construction Code.

These reforms build on the work we have done to implement the National Building Confidence Report (BCR) and will improve regulatory compliance and quality-building outcomes for Territory home owners and investors.

Government is working with local industry groups to develop priority reforms that target key issues and the next stage of Building Reforms will focus on:

  1. Establishing a framework for continuing professional development for building practitioners.
  2. Creating a new category of registration for commercial builders.
  3. Establishing a third-party peer review of the structural design of complex buildings – including buildings above three storeys.  
  4. Increasing capacity to undertake physical audits on residential and other buildings.
  5. Increasing civil penalties for disciplinary action taken by Building Practitioners Board.

Government will continue to consult with local industry and the community on Building Reform to implement improvements to the building framework.

For more information visit or to provide feedback on the proposed changes, visit

Consultation will be open from 4 March to 1 April 2021.


Quotes from the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:

“Buying a home is one of the single largest investments a person will make in their life.

“We want Territorians to be confident that their home has been built to a quality standard that meets the National Construction Code.

“We will continue to work with the building industry to ensure we have a robust, high quality industry in the Northern Territory.”