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Jerry Tyrrell

Jerry Tyrrell

1300 131 270

0414 816 550


I founded Tyrrells Property Inspections more than 30 years ago and have supervised the inspection of, or directly inspected, almost 80,000 buildings. I am committed to providing the best possible advice about property and building work - from the very first design idea through every stage of the buildings' life - whatever it's size or type. I particularly like inspecting larger facilities and resolving complex problems, including major disputes between reasonable parties when everyone sees the commercial benefit of the clarity and fairness of my knowledge and judgment. I am also very interested in prevention of consumer mistakes and unnecessary disputes and improving consumer knowledge about the best way to build or renovate.


  • 2013
    Board of Architect's Registration Queensland

    Board of Architect's Registration NSW  No 8975
    Graduate Certificate in Performance-based Building & Fire Codes, Victoria University, Melbourne

    Certificate of Attainment Fire Safety Advisor - Qld Fire & Rescue Service / Qld Gov't
    Contractor License (Builder) Qld
    Builder's Licence NSW

    Certificate III Carpentry - TAFE
    Certificate IV Building - TAFE


    Asbestos Identification and Management, TAFE


    Height Safety Awareness Certificate


    Occupational Health & Safety Induction Training for Construction Work
  • 1999
    Essential Fire and Other Safety Measures, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

  • 1994
    Accreditation Certificate in Commercial Mediation, ACDC

  • 1993
    Master of Building (Incomplete), University of New South Wales

  • 1989
    Building Consultant Accreditation, Master Builder's Association

  • 1985
    Pest Control Certificate, Sydney Technical College

  • 1984
    Builder's Licence NSW (not current)

  • 1983
    Bachelor of Architecture, University of New South Wales

  • 1982
    Real Estate Certificate, Sydney Technical College

  • 1976
    Bachelor of Science, University of New South Wales

  • 1972
    Commonwealth University Scholarship


  • Jerry Tyrrell has over 40 years experience in the building, architectural and timber pest industry. He has hands-on experience in most building trades, and has designed, built, supervised and project managed building projects from $5,000 to $8m.

    His special interests are:

    • Building failures and the durability and performance of buildings
    • Pre-purchase advice for all Classes of buildings
    • Quality assurance of the building process including risk assessment of documents, inspections of building under construction and preparation of defect reports
    • Building maintenance, especially detailed strategic advice
    • Fire safety of buildings
    • Emergency planning in facilities
    • Detailing of remedial work
    • Structural timber pests of buildings and assessment of timber pest (including termite) damage
    • Liability claims against building, timber pest and architectural professionals
    • Personal injury and assessment of hazards
    • Prevention and resolution of building disputes
    • Strategic planning of larger or more complex projects
    • Assisting owners with design and approval of their buildings
    • Education of all participants in the building process

    He has inspected, built or overseen the inspection of almost 80,000 properties (including 46,000 timber pest inspections) or buildings under construction or requiring maintenance. He is instructed by most major insurers in liability, negligence and personal accident cases. He has overseen or advised in over 11,000 expert matters including claims in excess of $50m.

    Regular adviser to media on property, building and timber pest related matters.

    He is a contributor to numerous publications and periodicals including the Law Society Journal, the Sydney Morning Herald and is the author of ongoing CPD series in Connections Magazine.

    Regular presenter of over 50 papers to consumers, legal, real estate, architectural, timber pest, building surveyors, building consultants and building industry.


  • Member Australian Institute of Building

  • Member Housing Industry Association

  • Member Master Painter's Association

  • Member of the Standards Association Committee on Termite Protection of Buildings

  • Chairman and Member of Standards Association Committee on the Timber Pest Inspections

  • Member of Standards Association Committee on Property Inspections

  • Consultant to the Building Research Centre, Institute of Building Consultants and Standards Australia, New South Wales Government and Federal Government

  • Founder of the Institute of Building Consultants and inaugural President

  • Co-founder of Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW


  • 2012
    Contractor's Handbook (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW and Salvation Army) with Craig Redfern

    Emergency Flipchart (Tyrrells Property Inspectsions NSW and EMS) with Shane Park
    Emergency Procedure Manual (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW and EMS) with Shane Park
    Essential Services Manual (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW and EMS) with Tony Ransley and Shane Park

    Owner-Builder Handbook (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW) with Tony Ransley and Jane Tyrrell

    Keeping Pests out of Buildings (Standards Australia)
  • 1998
    The Property Maintenance Handbook (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW) with Tony Ransley

  • 1997
    The Home Key (The Credit Union Services Corporation (Australia) Limited)
    House Hunting - A Consumer's Guide to Buying A Home in Australia (Allen & Unwin)

  • 1993
    Control of Termite Infestations in Commonwealth Construction Projects (Department of Administrative Services)

  • 1992
    The Pest Pack - A Consumer's Guide To Do-It-Yourself Pest Inspections (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW)
    The Motorists' Emergency Handbook (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW)
    Building Failure Reports Nos 1 - 3 (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW) with Tim Tyrrell

  • 1991
    House Hunting - A Consumer's Guide to Buying A Home in Australia (Penguin 1991)
    The Survival First Aid Emergency Handbook (Tyrrells Property Inspections NSW 1988), Australian Design Award winner 1991

  • 1990
    Practice Paper RE 21 Property Inspections (College of Law)

  • 1982
    Detailing of Domestic Scale Architecture (Thesis)

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