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November 2014

Welcome to the Building Standard, a free e-news service from the Building Policy Unit of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. The Building Standard will provide regular updates about policy initiatives, legislative and technical changes, training events, information for professional practitioners and general interest items for the broader building sector.

The Building Standard will also be available online from the building advisory information webpage.

Department news

Happy retirement

In June of this year, the Department farewelled Don Freeman who retired following 12 years in the position of General Manager - Building Policy Unit. Don contributed significantly to building reform at both the State and National level, particularly in the areas of sustainability, bushfire safety and earthquakes.

Jodie Evans has been appointed Team Leader of the Unit that now reports to Chris Zafiropoulos.

Stuart Moseley has also recently been appointed to the position of General Manager, Information and Strategy.

Under review

photo – Noel Mensforth
Farm buildings

The long-term viability of the State's primary production sector was the subject of a roundtable discussion held at Parliament House on 12 November 2014. Stakeholders agreed to work collaboratively to address the many issues facing the sector to ensure that South Australia is recognised globally for its premium food and wine production.

As a first step, the Department has formed a reference group to review Minister’s Specification SA H3.2 - Concessions and additional requirements for farm buildings. The reference group is being chaired by Peter Harmer and includes representatives from the LGA, PIRSA, AIBS, CFS, MFS, MBA, HIA and primary producers including Pork SA, HortEX Alliance and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation.

Comments regarding the review of the Specification or other related issues are welcome – email

Swimming Pool Safety - Product Recall

The Department have been advised of a recall on Waterway Plastics Designer Pro Series suction covers (model number 640-52XX S) that can become disengaged from the spa wall, posing an entrapment hazard to consumersVisit Waterway Plastics for more information and for a full list of spa models that these covers may be installed on.

National Construction Code

Free online in 2015

From February 2015, the National Construction Code (NCC) will be available to view online for free. This initiative is the first in a series of reforms aimed at reducing building regulation, enhancing access for key users and improving outcomes. The adoption date for NCC 2015 is anticipated to be 1 May 2015.

ABCB Survey

As part of the regulatory reform agenda, the ABCB have released a survey seeking stakeholder feedback on potentially outdated or unnecessary NCC provisions. The survey closes on 12 December 2014.

Australian Standards

Withdrawal of AS 3566.2-2002

Standards Australia has released a statement about the withdrawal of AS 3566.2-2002 Self-drilling screws for the building and construction industries – Corrosion Resistance requirements. The standard was referenced in AS 1657, AS 1720.1, AS 2050 and AS/NZS 4600.

Articles of interest

Eight Steps to a Best Practice Australian Building Act
What key elements form the basis of effective building legislation that delivers positive outcomes for all stakeholders?

Risk-based regulation: the right way forward for local government?
Would a risk-based assessment approach help local councils deliver a better community result and focus resources where they are most effective?

House Energy Rating Assessors - FAQs

#1 - Who can use house energy rating software?

House energy rating software can be used as a tool to design a house or as a tool to assess a house designed by someone else.

A House Energy Rating Assessor who is registered with the Department can assess a house designed by someone else. Registration requires the completion of the Certificate IV which demonstrates competence in the use of the software.

Registered house energy raters who submit their assessment to the relevant authority with a covering certificate may be considered as independent technical experts if the relevant authority is satisfied that they have not been involved in the design of the house.

Diary Dates

24 December 2014 - 4 January 2015
The Department will have limited staff available during the Christmas / New Year period. For any building related queries please email and we will answer your query as soon as possible.

16 March 2015
The ABCB hosts several information seminars across Australia about the changes to each edition of the NCC. The information seminar for NCC 2015 will be held in Adelaide on 16 March 2015.

Contact details

The Department has a new phone system, including a voicemail facility. To contact the Development Division, phone 1800 PLANNING (1800 752 664) and follow the prompts as required. 

There is also a new email address to send any documentation relating to your registration as a Private Certifier or a House Energy Rating Assessor. Please save the following email address to your contacts:

This newsletter is issued to inform the industry about changes and developments in legislation, policy and practice. It is intended as general information only and should not be relied upon as legal advice or an accurate statement of the relevant legislative provisions. If you are uncertain as to your legal obligations you should obtain independent legal advice.


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