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December 2014

Independent Commissioner Against Corruption

The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Act came into operation on 1 September 2013. A key purpose of the ICAC Act it to protect public interest by exposing corruption, maladministration and misconduct in public administration.

Schedule 1 of the ICAC Act lists the public officers to whom the Act applies, the public authorities responsible for the officers and the Ministers responsible for the public authorities.

As there has been some conjecture as to whether or not private certifiers are public officers for the purposes of the ICAC Act, regulations have been promolgated to remove any doubt that the conduct of private certifiers is subject to the scrutiny of the Commission.

The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Variation Regulations 2014 gazetted today declare private certifiers (within the meaning of the Development Act 1993) to be public officers for the purposes of Schedule 1 of the ICAC Act. Government Gazette Notice 89/2014

Further information, including directions and guidelines issued by ICAC can be found at

Farm buildings

CFS guideline for alternative solutions

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has published a guideline Typical fire hydrant arrangements acceptable to the SA Country Fire Service for farm buildings to provide information for owners and developers of farm buildings where no mains water supply is available.

The guideline is currently limited to buildings less than 2000sqm and less than 12 000 cubic metres in size. The guideline assumes that the building otherwise complies with Minister's Specification SA H3.2 Concessions and additional requirements for farm buildings

For further information about the guideline contact the CFS

National building reform

Release of ABCB Performance Guidance document

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has produced a document titled Development of Performance Based Design Solutions to encourage the use of performance based design solutions. This document and further information, including an update about the progress of the quantification of NCC requirements project are available from the ABCB website

7% Levy Return for Private Certifiers

A reminder for private certifiers that the 7% levy returns for the 4th quarter of 2014 are due 10 business days from 1 January 2015. The distribution of fees return form is available for use as a template. A response is required even if there is a Nil return. Credit card payments can be made to Planning Services phone 08 7109 7018, cheques should be made payable to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

The Building Policy Unit issues this newsletter 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 legislation provisions. If you are uncertain as to your legal obligations you should obtain independent legal advice.


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