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December 2017

Building Ministers Forum

At the Building Minister's Forum (BMF) on 11 December 2017, Ministers discussed the progress of the Assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for building and construction industry (Assessment). The Assessment will provide the basis for which improvements to compliance and enforcement practices across Australia can be considered. The Communique from this meeting is available from the BMF website

At the previous BMF on 6 October 2017, Ministers agreed to several actions relating to disability access to private residences and sustainability measures. All agreed outcomes of the October BMF are detailed in the 6 October BMF Communique.

The next BMF is anticipated to be held in March/April 2018.

Non-compliant building products - update

National progress on the implementation of measures to mitigate the risks associated with non-compliant building products includes the development a comprehensive package of measures to be adopted into an out-of-cycle amendment to the National Construction Code (NCC) to help improve fire safety in high-rise buildings.

Amendment 1 to Volume One of the NCC 2016 is anticipated to be adopted nationally on 12 March 2018. For details about the proposed Amendment visit the ABCB website.

Building audit for aluminum cladding - State progress

DPTI is leading the 3 phase risk-based building audit with all councils to identify and determine the degree to which non-complying aluminium composite panel cladding has been used on buildings in South Australia. 

Phase 1 Identification of the audit is underway to identify any council or privately owned buildings of concern. Prioritisation of State owned buildings has also begun, with an initial focus on educational institutions and medical facilities with accommodation services that are located in bushfire risk areas.

It is anticipated that all councils will have completed Phase 1 by early 2018A reminder has been sent to all councils who have not yet responded to the correspondence from the Minister for Planning to action this request as soon as possible. 

The Building Audit page on the SA Planning Portal has recently been amended to include updates on the progress to date and user specific factsheets detailing responsibilities and expectations for each phase of the audit.

DPTI - Personnel changes

Welcome - New Building Policy team members

Mr Chris Powell recently joined the Building Policy team. Chris has a strong interest in all things built environment related (including building policy of course!) and looks forward to working on national reform issues and assisting stakeholders on the range of building related issues.

He joins us following previous stints in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (SA), its counterpart in Victoria, and in Canberra working for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, where he worked on timber importation policy, amongst other things.

Mr Damien Roland recently joined the Building Policy team. He has a strong interest in all things, but mostly just building policy! He looks forward to working on the ACP Building Audit and assisting stakeholders on the full range of building related issues.

He joins us following previous stints in Local Government and most recently with the City of Adelaide where he worked on the Building Fire Safety Committee to upgrade life safety in numerous buildings across the city.

Farewell - Mr Chris Kwong

After taking on the role of Manager Development Policy and Assessment, Mr Chris Kwong is returning to his role as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning, the Hon John Rau.

We take the opportunity to thank Chris for his guidance, patience and interest in the national, state and local intricacies of Building Policy and its role in the wider development industry.

His replacement will be advised in coming editions.

Government Gazette Notices

The Development (Miscellaneous No 2) Variation Regulations 2017 were gazetted on 7 November 2017 with immediate effect (Gazette Notice 75/2017 - pages 4516-4520). Practitioners should note the variation to the:

  • removal of reference to '1993' in relation to AS 3786 Smoke alarms under Regulation 76B
  • a date for when a Building Rules assessment audit under Regulation 103A must be completed; 
  • definition of a building assessment auditor for Regulation 103A; and
  • definition of a development assessment auditor for Regulation 103AB Development Plan assessment audits.

Amendment 1 to Minister's Specification SA Upgrading health and safety of existing buildings was adopted on 19 December 2017 (Gazette Notice 82/2017 - page 5063).

The Amendment is of an editorial nature and amends Appendix A1, which contains a seismic risk analysis flow diagram for assessing seismic risks in existing buildings. A box in the flow diagram that should have the symbol indicating 'more than' 2.0 has an error indicating 'less than' 2.0. Amendment 1 corrects this error. The updated Minister's Specification is now available on the Government of South Australia website.

State Planning Commission - Building Committee

The September edition of the Planning Ahead newsletter announced the appointments to and the role of the Building Committee under the State Planning Commission. The Building Committe's first meeting was held on 15 December 2017. A Building Committee webpage on the State Planning Commission website will also soon be launched.

To view previous editions of Planning Ahead or to subscribe, please visit the SA Planning Portal.

OTR Regulation Roundup

The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) has published Issue #40 of the Regulation Roundup newsletter. For previous editions or to subscribe visit the Government of South Australia website.

WELS newsletter

The latest Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme newsletter has arrived. 'InkWELS' includes short, informative articles on the latest WELS developments and achievements.

Issue #3 is the latest edition available from the Australian Government websiteIf you are interested in subscribing, email

DPTI - Application and website updates

Increased Functionality for Property Location Browser

Property Location Browser (PLB) is a valuable tool for determining ownership and tenure information for new applications and developments. A recent update to the PLB has expanded its functions to include:

  • Planning and building layers (land parcels, zoning, land division applications, heritage places, environment and food production areas, design wind speeds and bushfire protection areas)
  • Capability to search for land division applications using a range of criteria
  • Buffering features and map printing
  • Utilizing satellite, street, topographic and a hybrid of maps for the base layer

PLB can be accessed from the Government of South Australia website.  If you are interested in attending a PLB training session please email

Training and Seminars

ABCB Information Seminar - Amendment 1 to NCC 2016

The ABCB will also be hosting information seminars about Amendment 1 and the draft NCC 2019, the improved CodeMark Scheme and developing and assessing Performance Solutions.

The half day seminar will be held in Adelaide on Friday 2 March 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For more information or to register visit the ABCB website.

RICS - Online learning and web classes

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are hosting several online learning courses in early 2018 of relevance to professional building practitioners:

For more information and registration details on all available courses visit the RICS website.

HIA - Training sessions

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is hosting several sessions in February 2018 of relevance to building practitioners:

  • Waterproofing of Wet Areas
  • Essential elements of roof framing trusses
  • Waterproofing - External

For more information or to register visit the HIA website.

MBA - Training sessions

The Master Builders Association (MBA) are hosting several training sessions in early 2018 of relevance to building practitioners:

  • Building Codes and Standards - Residential
  • Roof Trusses
  • Timber Framing Code
  • Wet Area Waterproofing - Internal

For more information or to register visit the MBA website.

New appointment announcements

VBA - New Chief Executive Officer 
On 12 October 2017, the Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Dr Owen Donald, announced the appointment of Ms Sue Eddy as the building regulator’s new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Eddy’s appointment commenced on 6 November 2017.

ABCB - New Chairman
At the BMF Ministers welcomed the Hon John Fahey AC to the role of Chairman of the ABCB. He commenced the role on 5 November 2017.

Christmas and New Year arrangements

The Department will have limited staff available during the Christmas / New Year period from 22 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

For any building related queries please email and we will answer your query as soon as possible.

Have a safe and happy festive season!


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