A lack of government enforcement is propping up "bad behaviour" in the New South Wales construction industry, Australia's peak building union says.
The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union has told a NSW government inquiry the state's building system is rife with compliance issues. CFMMEU president Rita Mallia said the NSW regulatory system made it difficult to track down and punish those responsible for poor building. "The whole system is designed to prop up bad behaviour," she said.
The peak body for Australian public works engineers earlier told the inquiry unqualified engineers who can't work in other states are flocking to NSW. John Roydhouse, the chief executive of the NSW division of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, urged the state government to adopt a professional engineers register.
"The problems we have in not having a registration scheme will become apparent in NSW as other places move down that pathway," he said.