FAQs

Q. Does the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification (Part A) permit editing and if not, how do I make requirements specific to my project?
A. No. The NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification (Part A) is a reference specification which sets out minimum requirements for Class 2 buildings and cannot be altered. It is a bespoke version of appropriate NATSPEC worksections, tailored specifically to Class 2 buildings. The Items to be documented elsewhere section at the beginning of the reference specification lists items that designers should consider when preparing their project specific schedules (Part B) and drawings, models etc.

Q. I am buying the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification Part A, do I also receive fries with that?
A. No. You must develop your own schedules to compile the project specific Part B unless you are a NATSPEC BASIC and PROFESSIONAL subscribers have access to the Class 2 schedules prepared by NATSPEC for the architectural components of a Class 2 Building. Schedules have not been developed for the engineering and services components as this information is usually dealt with either on the engineering drawings or in the services engineers’ custom schedules.

Q. How often will the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification be updated?
A. To create stability for the trades it is proposed to have only annual updates.

Q. Is there a reason why NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification charges per unit and not per project?
A. NATSPEC is a not-for-profit organisation NATSPEC has to recoup its costs. It was determined that charging per unit would be the fairest allocation of costs.

Q. Who purchases the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification?
A. It is anticipated that the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification will be purchased by the client/developer/lead consultant, however, any project team member can make the purchase for use by the whole project team.

Q. If the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification has been purchased for my project, do I need to do any more for a project specification?
A. Yes. All design consultants on the project will need to confirm that the requirements in the reference specification are relevant to the project and document any additional or alternative project requirements.

Q. If I have previously purchased the NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification for a different project, can I also use it on my new project seeing as it is a reference document that doesn’t change?
A. No. NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification is sold on a project-by-project basis. It will be watermarked with the project details upon purchase and is for use on that project only.

Q. What are the NSW Fair trading requirements for the NATSPEC Class 2 Reference specification?
A. Yes. Your NATSPEC NSW Class 2 Specification document will be watermarked with the project address and the number of units. If you are purchasing the Class 2 ‘Not for project use’ document, the document will be watermarked Not for project use.

Q. NATSPEC Class 2 Reference Specification and NSW Fair Trading requirements
A. Under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and supporting Regulation, NSW Fair Trading requires a Standard Title Block to be completed and attached to the front of the schedule, specification or report for all declared regulated designs. 

NSW Fair Trading have advised that the Standard Title Block it is not required to be attached to the NATSPEC Class 2 Reference Specification document. However, the Standard Title Block must be attached to any project specific schedules prepared by consultants as Part B of a two-part specification where Part A is the NATSPEC Class 2 Reference Specification

For more information, check the frequently asked questions section on the NSW Fair Trading website or call 13 32 20.