DBP Act and Regulation – Overview and registration scheme

DBP Act and Regulation – Overview and registration scheme


The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Regulation will effect major change for the construction industry, with significant implications for architects practising in NSW.

Co-hosted by the NSW Architects Registration Board, this event will provide practitioners with critical information direct from Building Commissioner David Chandler, Director of the Office of the Building Commissioner Matt Press, Registrar Dr Kirsten Orr and key Institute members who have been involved in the development of the Act and Regulation.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the Act/Regulation/Guidance/Ministerial Order structure
  • Timelines for commencement
  • Registration of architects as Design Practitioner - architectural
  • Building classes affected
  • Declared designs
  • ePlanning portal
  • Specification and substitution of materials
  • Variations

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session where audience members will have the opportunity to put questions directly to the panel.


Sydney - $35 members, $50 non members


David Chandler OAM – NSW Building Commissioner

David Chandler OAM was appointed NSW Building Commissioner in 2019 after an impressive forty year career in the Australian construction industry. In his capacity as NSW Building Commissioner David is improving the quality of construction and restoring trust in the industry through leading the delivery of Construct NSW, in collaboration with the sector. David was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1989 for his services to the construction industry. 

Matt Press – Director, Office of the NSW Building Commissioner

Matt Press is the Director of the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner and responsible for leading the delivery of Construct NSW – a transformation program that seeks to restore pride and confidence in the NSW building and construction industry. Matt is passionate about driving change to produce customer-centric outcomes and previously held roles in building regulation, strategy consulting and corporate affairs. He has worked locally and internationally for organisations such as PwC, Ofcom, Bupa Health and Optus.

Dr Kirsten Orr – Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board

Kirsten is Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board and a Director of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Previously, she was Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Technology, Environments & Design at the University of Tasmania. Integrating her deep knowledge of professional issues with her significant academic background, Kirsten has made leadership contributions to all of the major Australian government and professional bodies regulating the practice of architecture, education of architecture students and accreditation of Australian architecture programs.

In her present role as Registrar she is a member of a number of expert advisory groups convened by the NSW Building Commissioner. She has been active in recent government consultation on the intersection between the existing Architects Act 2003 and the new Design and Building Practitioners Act and Regulation.