Ap­point­ment to Aus­tralian Build­ing Codes Board

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THE HIA has wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Kristin Brook­field to the Aus­tralian Build­ing Codes Board.

The role of the ABCB in de­vel­op­ing a world class ‘per­for­mance based’ build­ing code is crit­i­cal in en­sur­ing the ex­cep­tional stan­dards of con­struc­tion that pre­vail through­out Aus­tralia.

“Aus­tralia is ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have a frame­work that brings to­gether govern­ments and in­dus­try to de­liver a truly na­tional build­ing code,” said Ms Brook­field.

“Many other coun­tries claim to have this, but once you scratch the sur­face you quickly dis­cover they are not uni­formly adopted in the same way that Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Con­struc­tion Code is.

“The ABCB con­tin­ues to set a prece­dent for na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion that other sec­tors should be fol­low­ing if they are gen­uinely com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing red tape and stream­lin­ing reg­u­la­tion.

“I look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Board’s work and ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent in­dus­try in this way.”

With qual­i­fi­ca­tions in town plan­ning Kristin’s ini­tial ca­reer in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the NSW Depart­ment of Plan­ning gave her a sound ground­ing in the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween myr­iad build­ing, plan­ning and com­mu­nity con­sid­er­a­tions.

Since join­ing HIA in 2003 Kristin has held a num­ber of se­nior pol­icy roles in­clud­ing Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Build­ing, De­vel­op­ment and En­vi­ron­ment. Kristin was ap­pointed HIA’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of In­dus­try Pol­icy in Jan­uary 2017.

Kristin also par­tic­i­pates in a num­ber of Aus­tralian and In­ter­na­tional in­dus­try bod­ies in­clud­ing as a Di­rec­tor of the Aus­tralian Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Fo­rum, the Build­ing Prod­ucts In­no­va­tion Coun­cil and cur­rently chairs the Aus­tralasian Pro­cure­ment and Con­struc­tion Coun­cil (APCC), the In­ter­na­tional Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Work­ing Group on Coun­ter­feit and Non-con­form­ing Build­ing Prod­ucts, and the In­ter­na­tional Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Work­ing Group on So­cial Hous­ing.

“The in­dus­try con­grat­u­lates Kristin on her ap­point­ment and I have no doubt she will make a strong and valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian Build­ing Codes Board,” said HIA’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Shane Good­win.

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