Building Commissioner

David Chandler OAM is the NSW Building Commissioner. David has more than 40 years’ experience in the building and construction industry in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

David Chandler OAM - the NSW building commissioner

He has hands-on experience in the end-to-end delivery of public and private infrastructure, construction and urban renewal projects, including turning around distressed projects and businesses.

He has successfully delivered high-profile projects such as Canberra’s New Parliament House and Melbourne’s South Bank redevelopment. He has a record for building teams that share common objectives and are focused on results.

He has performed a leading role in inquiries into the performance of the building industry, including into industry practices during the Building the Education Revolution program in Australian schools.

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1989 for his services to the construction industry.

David has long been an advocate for modernising and lifting industry practices, standards and culture, and transforming the industry’s focus from being self-facing to genuinely customer-centric.

He believes this is crucial to achieving quality, sustainable and liveable built environments.

David has worked with universities to help shape the next generation of construction professionals. He was Adjunct Professor in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University.

David is also the founder of the Construction Management Programs, Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC), which involves engaging with industry to invest in new academic and research capabilities for the construction sector.

David is committed to improving the performance of construction in Australia and restoring customers’ trust and confidence in the industry. He is working towards a future where NSW is Australia’s state of quality construction.

Read the Premier's media release on David’s announcement as NSW Building Commissioner.

Engage with the Commissioner

Use this contact form if you have experience dealing with buildings that have substantial defects relating to structure, waterproofing, fire rating and enclosure: The Building Commissioner is keen to hear your perspective.

Use this contribution form if you would like to make a contribution towards creating a more confident, customer-facing construction industry. The Building Commissioner is keen to hear your suggestions.

Advice and support

These agencies provide a range of support and advice services to assist with building related matters.

NSW Fair Trading

Fair Trading provides services and advice for purchasers, renters and owners regarding home building complaints

There is also specific assistance for:

Mascot Towers assistance package

Opal Tower information for residents and landlords


To notify an incident involving serious injury, illness, death or a dangerous incident in a building site call SafeWork on 13 10 50 immediately.

For more information, visit SafeWork

Home building compensation scheme

Home building compensation (HBC) cover – formerly known as home warranty insurance – is an important consumer protection for homeowners in NSW.

It helps homeowners if their builder is unable to complete building work or fix defects because they have become insolvent, died, disappeared or had their licence suspended for failing to comply with a money order made by a court or the tribunal in favour of the home owner.

For more information, visit the State Insurance Regulatory Authority

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The latest updates from the Building Commissioner.

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