Vimmela works for the Building Commissioner, helping maintain building standards throughout NSW.
“I assess applications for the Design and Builders Practitioners Act, which was set up in July 2021 for Class 2, 3, 9a and 9c buildings,” she said.
Class 2 buildings are usually multi-storey, multi-unit apartment buildings where people live above or below each other; Class 3 are residential buildings, for long term or transient living; Class 9a buildings include hospitals; while Class 9c buildings are residential care buildings for those with various care level needs.
“This is so these type of buildings are safe for people to occupy,” said Vimmela. “I know I am making a big difference to the lives of people who live in these properties.
“We have seen some poorly built buildings closed to residents in the recent past. This resulted in the Commissioner being appointed and the Design and Builders Practitioners Act being created.”