David Chandler OAM


David Chandler OAM is the newly-appointed NSW Building Commissioner. He provides strategic oversight of building regulation and regulatory changes, actively supporting the Government's commitment to ensuring the safety, amenity and sustainability of the built environment.

David has extensive experience across construction in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He was the Construction Director for Australia's New Parliament House and has led enterprises involved in major projects, public capital works procurement, business transition and transaction due-diligence. He has also been Chairman and Director on a range of private and public boards, joint-ventures and enquiries into the performance of the construction industry. 

For three years prior to his appointment as NSW Building Commissioner, David was the founding Industry Engagement Lead for the Centre for Smart Modern Construction – c4SMC at Western Sydney University. The Centre involves industry and academic collaboration to invest in modern construction research, academic and industry capability building to help prepare the next generation of constructors to be future ready. 

David has strong interests in the urban renewal, housing and education sectors. He was the Deputy Chair of the BER Implementation review and his insights and commentary on modern construction have been widely published across media platforms. 

Well known to the prefabAUS community, David has delivered a number of popular presentations at previous conferences, including his 2017 presentation: ‘Off-site construction assurance: the looming game changer’. At the 2019 prefabAUS Conference, David will continue this conversation and demonstrate just how much the game has changed – and what’s to come. His presentation will explore modernising industry, with a focus on smarter construction methodology and the quantity surveyor value proposition.

Presentation Overview - Building Confidence NSW - A first insight

David will share his take on the industry problems and his vision for achieving the changes necessary to restore confidence in NSW construction.