This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply building control legislation, as well as industry and organisational codes of practice, to building surveying activities and communications. The unit supports identifying and applying the requirements of particular geographic and climatic areas, local planning schemes and codes. It also involves carrying out the building surveying function with consideration for the legal and ethical responsibilities of the role.

The unit supports the work of municipal and private building surveyors who operate in a highly regulated environment.  Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must perform building surveying tasks according to relevant legal requirements and ethical standards on three different building surveying projects. Projects must involve buildings up to three storeys and include the following class buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA): - one building must be from class 1, and; - two buildings must be from classes 2 to 9. For each building surveying project, the person must: - identify and access relevant codes, regulations and legislation applicable to each building project, documenting the applicable sections of each and providing written evidence of how the principles of the organisational or industry code of practice were applied to each project; - research and document the administrative procedures required to ensure completion of each project, and; - provide evidence of having handled a minimum of three disputes or complaints from different clients, using relevant dispute-handling procedures and according to organisational or industry code of conduct.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - dispute-resolution procedures available to property owners and community members in relevant jurisdictions; - nature of admissible evidence that may be presented in arbitration hearings or court proceedings relating to building disputes; - principles of contract law that apply to building surveying contractual agreements with clients or applicants; - principles of negotiation and conflict resolution applicable to professional relationships; - processes for representing clients in arbitration hearings and court proceedings relating to building disputes; - relevant compliance requirements for buildings in different climatic, geographic and planning zones; - building control legislation and regulations; - National Construction Code (NCC); - Australian standards referenced by building control legislation and regulations and the NCC; - state, territory or local authority planning policies; - scope and limitations of the statutory enforcement authority regulating building surveyors in relevant states or territories, and; - legislative and regulatory requirements for professional conduct in communications with building contractors.

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