Industry
Up to 1989 all building permits in Australia were issued by Municipal Council building surveyors. The first private building certification to be accepted in Australia was by Melbourne City for a project in Lonsdale street, Melbourne.Private certification was introduced and subsequently legislated by all states over coming years, NSW was the first to formally adopt the process in 1990 via Parliament.
Hendry
In 1988/89, Derek could foresee the opportunity for private building certification to “ease” the council workloads. Derek convinced Melbourne and Sydney councilors and building surveyors (and NSW parliamentarians) to adopt a prototype building certification system in each state.In 1989, Derek pioneered private certification by issuing a building certification for a 3 storey hotel in Lonsdale Street Melbourne¹ at a cost of $65,000, Sydney followed within a year with the Tattersalls/Sheraton Towers buildings at a cost of $135 million.

In 1989 the Victorian Division of Building Control commissioned Derek to asses/audit and provide issues and proposed changes to the new BCA based on Victoria’s particular needs.

In 1989 the NSW Planning Department commissioned Derek to asses/audit and provide issues and proposed changes to the new BCA based on Victoria’s particular needs.

Hendry issued a certification for the first multi-storey hotel building, Sheraton on the Park Elizabeth Street, Sydney².

Hendry issued a certification for the first multi-storey office building in St Kilda, 600 St Kilda Road, St Kilda³.

Hendry issued a certification for the first multi-storey hospital, Maroondah Hospital, Ringwood.

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1989