The NSW Government announced it would be cracking down on dodgy building certifiers after a crack was found in a precast concrete panel inside Sydney’s Opal Tower.
The discovery resulted in an emergency evacuation due to fears that the building was structurally unstable and unsafe.
An investigation was launched into the incident as pressure mounted for government officials to tackle safety issues surrounding Sydney buildings over the past few years.
It prompted Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean to warn certifiers that he would target anyone who has done wrong.
A large compliance operation conducted by government will see 25-30 per cent of certification work audited every year.
Mr Kean said government is currently examining buildings under construction and those which have gone up recently.
Under the new disciplinary policy, corrupt certifiers will be immediately ousted from the industry.
Mr Kean also warned about more changes to come to tackle corruption.