Service 4

Building Commission

Key efficiency indicator S4.4: Average cost per policy project managed.

What we measure

This measure measures the efficiency of the department in providing policy advice and administrative support to government through legislative policy projects, administration of the home indemnity insurance scheme, administration of the adjudication system established under construction contracts legislation, as well as coordinating appointments to the Architects Board, the Building Services Board and the Plumbers Licensing Board.

How we measure

This measure represents a count of policy projects that were active during the reporting period. The total cost of service is divided by the number of policy projects to determine the average cost per policy project.

Our Performance

The department undertook 22 policy projects during the 2017–18 reporting period, which was lower than the anticipated target of 37 and the 38 undertaken in 2016–17.

The average cost per policy project managed is 73 per cent higher than in 2016–17 and 63 per cent higher than the target. This is explained by several large-scope policy projects that have used resources that would have otherwise been allocated to smaller projects.

Table 41: Key efficiency indicator 4.4: Average cost per policy project managed

2017–18 Target Actual Target +- Status
Overall results $164,816 $268,195 63%
Comparison with previous year

Results in detail

  • The largest policy project during 2017–18 was the security of payments for subcontractors project.
  • The building approvals project has also continued to expand significantly, particularly following the release of the report ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia’ by Professor Peter Shergold and Ms Bronwyn Weir in April 2018. This report was commissioned by the national Building Ministers' Forum in 2017 following the tragic Grenfell Tower Fire in London and has made 24 recommendations with major implications for building regulation and control in WA.
  • Two other large projects in 2017–18 are the review of the Building Services Acts and reform of the Home indemnity insurance scheme in WA.