What is a private certifier?
The state government introduced private certification in 1999 to allow competition in the building approval process. Previously the only option was to apply to Council for construction certificates.
A private certifier can issue a construction certificate or complying development certificate for building work. Only Council can issue Development Approvals.
What is the advantage of using a Private Certifier?
People employed in private enterprise will always strive harder to gain and keep your business. They will provide a much faster approval time because their livelihood depends on it.
You are a valuable client to a private certifier. With council, you are just another customer.
Private certifiers must achieve a higher standard of technical competence to gain their accreditation under the Building Professionals Act. The council accreditation system is much less stringent.