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With a specialisation in Building Permits and Construction Certificates, we also undertake approval inspections, audits, regulatory advice, subdivision and town planning services.

Established in 1994, BW&A National has grown from a single office in Mildura to working nationwide with offices located in Melbourne, Mildura, Yarra Ranges and Swan Hill.

We are the industry leaders in Building Permits and Approvals.

Learn more about the services we offer here

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Brent is the founder and Managing Director of BW&A National. 


Prior to establishing BW&A National in 1994, Brent began his career as an Apprentice Carpenter in 1976. At the completion of the apprenticeship he moved into the Building Inspection field working with Council, becoming qualified as a Building Surveyor/Certifier in 1990.


Complimentary to his qualifications as a Building Surveyor, Brent also holds a qualification in Rural and Regional Planning.


Adding to his breadth of knowledge, Brent is a current board member of the Building Appeals Board of Victoria and has served since 2013. He also retains a Domestic Builders Licence, giving him practical knowledge of the building industry and an appreciation of it’s on-site demands.


Named Victorian Building Surveyor of the Year in 2007, Brent is a well respected industry leader, he understands the needs of his clients, is passionate about continual learning and is an advocate for driving the industry forward as building methods change.

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🏉 Carlton

Senior Building Surveyor and Managind Director Brent Williams

Brent Williams

Managing Director / Senior Building Surveyor & Town Planner

Our Story

Established in Mildura in 1994, BW&A National has grown from a single office in Mildura to working nation wide with offices located in Mildura, Melbourne, Yarra Ranges and Swan Hill.

BW&A National are the industry leaders for Building Permits and Approvals.

Birds eye view of construction workers working on a large scale project
Nathan Pain - Building Surveyor in Mildura

Associate - Building Surveyor / Building Inspector


Nathan Pain

With 16 years of combined practical and professional experience in Residential and Commercial Development, Nathan has developed a robust understanding of the Building Approval process across numerous states. Since commencing with BW&A National in 2011, he has established a sound knowledge of Building Legislation and the National Construction Code, lending to his ability to effectively evaluate a broad range of project types.
  Nathan's early career as a carpenter and joiner has provided a practical pathway to obtaining his Building Inspector Unlimited Registration. 🏉 Carlton

A portrait of Building Surveyor Luke Walker in Mildura

Associate - Building Surveyor / Building Inspector

Luke Walker

Joining BW&A in 2014 from a trade background in building, Luke has gained a sound understanding of the regulatory systems, the National Construction Code (NCC) and Australian Standards. He applies this knowledge and experience to an array of commercial and residential projects. Luke completed the Diploma of Building Surveying in 2017, and Graduate Diploma in Built Environment (Building Surveying) with UniSa in 2019. Luke has obtained Building Surveyors and Inspectors registration with the VBA. 🏉 Collingwood

Associate - Operations

Courtney Milward

Courtney has more than 15 years of experience within the building industry, commencing employment with BW&A National in 2006.  🏉 Collingwood

Business Manager

Emma Williams

Commencing her career with a Tier 1 commercial construction company in Melbourne before transitioning into the high-end residential sector whilst living abroad in London, Emma brings a wealth of project management experience to the BW&A team. She takes the lead on our larger development projects, managing the entire process from conception and design development through to on-site delivery. Emma holds a Master of Construction Management from The University of Melbourne and has her sights set on obtaining her own Domestic Builders License in the near future. She is passionate about building strong relationships with the entire project team, which Emma believes is key to delivering an exceptional outcome. 🏉 Richmond

Kevin Downey - Illegal Building Works Specialist in Melbourne

Building Compliance Manager

Kevin Downey

Kevin specialises in Illegal Building Works and swats away Council Building Notices like flies. With over 30 years experience in the construction industry he has cemented himself as one of, if not, Victoria's best Illegal Building Works Consultant. A quick look at his google reviews will give you the idea. 🏉 Carlton

Guy Romeo Building Surveyor in Swan Hill

Building Surveyor 

Guy Romeo

Guy has over 35 years of experience in the building industry, with extensive knowledge in both the private consultancy and Local Government building control sectors. In addition to his Building Surveying qualifications, he also attained a Graduate Certificate in Environment & Planning. 🏉 Carlton

Senior Building Regulations Consultant

BBldg Surv

Courtney Cleary

Courtney has been involved in the Building Surveying industry since 2005 and has extensive experience working on medium to large-scale developments, with a primary focus on high-rise residential, education, childcare and aged care sectors. Her knowledge and meticulous attention to detail is pivotal in ensuring projects are efficiently delivered to meet the client's expectations. Proficient in the assessment of construction techniques and methodologies, Courtney has the ability to provide sound and economical regulations advice with regards to the National Construction Code (NCC), Building Regulations and various Australian Standards. ​🏉 Geelong

Building Surveyor / Building Inspector

Grad Cert (BS) Adv DIP (BS)

Andrew Bennett

Andrews’s journey began over 30 Years ago as a lift mechanic and rigger. Through his hands-on experience in this specialised field, Andrew developed a deep understanding of construction practices, mechanical systems, and the importance of precision in construction. Driven by a passion for continuous learning and growth, Andrew pursued qualifications as a Building Surveyor. This additional expertise allows him to assess and evaluate buildings, ensuring compliance with the applicable Building Acts, Regulations National Construction Code and standards. Andrew's keen eye for detail and technical proficiency enables him to provide comprehensive insights into construction projects. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked on a wide range of commercial and domestic projects. From large-scale commercial developments to residential constructions. His diverse portfolio showcases his ability to adapt to different scopes and requirements, delivering results that exceed client expectations. Andrew takes great pride in delivering quality projects and providing exceptional customer service. He believes in fostering strong client relationships, understanding their unique needs, and collaborating closely to achieve outstanding outcomes. 🏉 Hawthorn

Surf Coast Assistant Building Surveyor - Jeff McKenzie

Assistant Building Surveyor 

Jeff McKenzie

Jeff recently rejoined BW&A National as an Assistant Building Surveyor. He has worked within the Building Industry for over 40 years in a variety of roles including Architectural Drafting, Land Surveying, Town Planning and now Building Surveying. 🏉 St Kilda

Meet The Team

Cadet Building Surveyor in Swan Hill Monica Ellis

Assistant Building Surveyor

Monica Ellis

Monica has recently joined us from Swan Hill Rural City Council. Already registered as a Pool Inspector, Monica has recently completed the Bachelor of Building Surveying and will soon apply to the VBA for her inspectors registration. 🏉 Brisbane

Assistant Building Surveyor

James Bulmer

James comes from a Plumbing background and completed his Diploma of Building Surveying in 2016. He enjoys the constantly evolving nature of the industry such as new construction materials and legislative changes. 🏉 Carlton

Cadet Building Surveyor in Mildura Trent Gebhart

Cadet Building Surveyor

Trent Gebhart

Trent developed an interest in the building industry whilst studying Land Surveying. He approached BW&A National with the intent of doing a few days work experience but quickly moved into the role of Cadet Building Surveyor. Trent has an eye for detail, and a passion to learn. 🏉 Essendon

Cadet Building Surveyor in Mildura Andrew Alderton

Cadet Building Surveyor

Andrew Alderton

Andrew recently joined the team from a trade background with 10+ years working in the construction industry. His experience working on a broad range of projects as well as his Cert IV in Building and Construction give him a solid understanding of the construction process. Andrew will soon commence a Graduate Certificate In Building Surveying at University.  🏉 St Kilda

Town Planning Manager in Mildura David Williams

Project Manager & Planning Coordinator

David Williams

David has been employed with BW&A National since September 2017. Currently managing various technical projects within the office including planning, subdivision management, illegal building works and specialist consult files.  🏉 Collingwood

Building Inspection Coordinator Rhiannon Winton

Inspection Coordinator

Rhiannon Winton

Working with BW&A National since June 2012.  Rhiannon coordinates inspection requests and bookings for all projects, as well as managing invoicing. Rhiannon also provides administration support to all BW&A staff in the Mildura office. 🏉 Collingwood

Technical Assistant Rebekah Hull

Technical Assistant

Rebekah Hull

Initially working in administration, Rebekah's interest in the construction industry quickly developed leading her to take on the role of Technical Assistant. Rebekah has recently completed the Cert IV in Building and Construction and provides valuable support to the team. 🏉 Carlton

Technical Assistant

Kelsey Hewitt

Kelsey’s interest in the construction industry was sparked whilst working in her past position as a receptionist/administration support at a Building Company. Kelsey is working to develop her knowledge further within the Building Surveying Industry. 🏉 Geelong

Building Compliance assistant Laura Pataki

Technical Assistant (Compliance)

Laura Pataki

Commencing work at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Laura gained valuable experience in the various areas of construction which led her to Building Surveying where she has been working for the past 6+ years, combined with her customer-driven focus she strives to assist our clients and community with their illegal building work matters. ​🏉 Collingwood

PermAssist Coordinator

Megan Fullgrabe

Megan’s knowledge and understanding of the Building Permit process has helped in developing our online approval software. She assists clients and relevant authorities with various aspects of Building Permit Applications. 🏉 Richmond

Administration Assistant Christine Caminiti

Administration Assistant

Christine Caminiti

A fresh face in the office and new to the Building Industry, Christine has always had an interest in the construction process and procedures. She is currently working as an Administration Assistant, but hoping to broaden her knowledge more within the business. ​ 🏉 Essendon

Administration Assistant Julia Mann

Administration Assistant

Julia Mann

Another new face around the office - Julia joins BW&A with recent administration experience in the engineering industry. She is keenly interested and looks forward to learning more about the construction industry. 🏉 Carlton

Digital Content Manager Bradley Williams

Digital Content Manager

Bradley Williams

Brad has a broad range of experience across different industries, including construction, hospitality and fashion. He ensures that BW&A's branding and content is on point and consistent across the board. 🏉 Carlton

Chief Wellbeing Officer


Fergus is responsible for creating and maintaining a system-wide culture of wellbeing by working with the C-suite, middle management, and employees to create and maintain the culture and ethos of wellbeing 🏉 Carlton

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