WestConnex impacts in your area
Dilapidation report general information
A dilapidation report is a report on the condition of a property at a
given point in time. It records the existing conditions and any
existing damage – providing a baseline record of the state of the
property that may be affected by construction, excavation or demolition.
Usually the main components of a dilapidation report are a set of dated
photographs of building(s) or other items of interest on the property
and a description of existing conditions. Dilapidation reports are
prepared to potentially assist property owners and construction
contractors with the consideration of damages claims. Without a report,
claims can still be made, but it would likely be more difficult and
costly to establish a case.
Whilst dilapidation reports provide some assistance in the event of a
claim, they do not (and cannot) provide conclusive evidence that
development works are the cause of the damage – expert reports are also
usually needed. The dilapidation report is only one of several pieces of
evidence that would be used to verify a claim.
Current practice is for WestConnex Joint Venture (JV) contractors (the Proponent)
to issue a notice to property owners located up to 50 metres around
work sites and 50 metres either side of tunnel corridors with an offer
of a pre- and post-development dilapidation report at no cost to the
property owner. The Proponent issues three (3) notices of offer to all
affected property owners pre‑construction, seeking to maximise the
number of owners who take up the offer. A similar process is undertaken
If/when the offer is taken up by property owners, the Proponent
commissions and pays for a consultant to undertake the reporting.
Qualified and experienced dilapidation consultant(s) are appointed by
the Proponent by competitive tender to undertake the reporting.
For more information regarding the proponent’s dilapidation report services please refer to the following link.
More information on the specific conditions which relate to the
dilapidation reporting requirements contained within the Planning and
Environment approval for this critical State significant infrastructure
can be found in the following document (Building Condition Survey, parts E105 to E109):
The Proponent can be contacted directly -
By Phone: 1800 660 248 (ask for the M4-M5 Link Tunnels team)
By Email: email@example.com
Council's dilapidation report service
Council is offering to those property owners who are affected by
Stage 3 of the M4-M5 link project a dilapidation report prior to the
commencement of works – see below.
- The Customer acknowledges that the Council has no expertise in
the provision of dilapidation surveys (hereinafter referred to as Survey).
- Save to the extent mandated by law, the Council makes no
warranty as to the accuracy or utility of any Survey provided. In
particular, the Council makes no warranty that the Survey will be
capable of being used in any claim for loss or damage from an entity
associated with construction of the WestConnex project.
- The Survey has been prepared based on visual observations only
by the Council at the time of conducting the Survey. In some
circumstances, the performance of the Survey may have been limited by a
range of factors such as time, access or operational constraints.
- In preparing the Survey, Council may have relied upon certain
information (including verbal information) provided by the Customer and
the Council did not attempt to independently verify the accuracy or
completeness of that information. Expressly, the Survey did not include
any assessment of the title to nor ownership of the surveyed property.
The Council will not be liable to update or revise the Survey to take
into account any events or emergent circumstances or facts occurring or
becoming apparent after the date of the Survey.
- The Survey has been prepared for the benefit of the Customer
only and no other party. The Council assumes no responsibility and will
not be liable to any other person, including any successor in title, for
any matters in relation to the Survey.
- Save to the extent mandated by law, the Customer releases the
Council from liability in whatever form it may arise with respect to the
provision and use of the Survey. For the sake of clarity, this release
extends to liability arising from the negligent act or omission of
Council or its employees.
Who is eligible to use Council's Service?
- Only those properties identified by the Proponent as being affected by the M4-M5 Link Tunnels of the WestConnex Project.
- The identified properties must take up the Proponent's offer of a dilapidation report and have received the report.
- Works must not have commenced in the area around the identified property.
- Sufficient time is available to undertake the property inspection prior to works commencing.
How do I engage Council's Service?
You can engage or discuss Council's dilapidation report service by contacting Brian Chadwell on 02-9392-5219 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org