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February 2015

2014 Round up

2014 has seen a number of changes within the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and 2015 will see many more, given the need to deliver the government's reform agenda.

The changes have brought with them the need to work differently, more responsively and in collaboration with others agencies, key stakeholders and end-users drawing upon collective ideas to deliver outcomes. To this end I would like to thank the staff for being up to the task and the members of our two key reference groups that have enabled us to deliver and progress a number of key projects.

Special thanks to Ian Dodd for chairing the Working Group that reviewed the Minister's Specification SA 76 Maintenance of Essential Safety Provisions. Despite tight timelines, this group has delivered its goal with the recent gazettal notice to adopt the 2015 edition of the Minister's Specification SA76 on 1 May 2015. The amended Specification will give building owners and managers opportunities for savings and provide more flexibility to use current maintenance standards when maintaining their essential safety provisions. Further information is available in the article below.

Thanks also to Peter Harmer for his support in providing leadership to the Farm Buildings reference group, which has been engaged in robust but necessary conversations, to consider further concessions for farm buildings.

This collaborative approach to developing regulation has been successful in producing agreed outcomes and it is intended that this approach will be the model for delivering further, more widely supported outcomes in the future.

Jodie Evans, Team Leader, Building Policy

Into 2015

Minister's Specification SA 76 - 2015 edition

Minister's Specification SA 76 - Maintenance and Testing of Safety Installations: Schedule of Essential Safety Provisions, dated 2000, has been amended and republished as Minister's Specification SA 76 - Maintenance of Essential Safety Provisions - 2015 edition. This edition will take effect from 1 May 2015 by Notice in Government Gazette Issue #10/15 on 5 February 2015.

An advisory notice giving an overview of the main changes to the Specification has been published to assist the industry.

Free access to NCC 2015

NCC 2015 is now available free online.

To view the NCC and keep up-to-date with any NCC amendments or changes, users will need to register through the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website.

A Media Release about the free online access has been published by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science.

Please note that NCC 2015 is not in force until 1 May 2015.

NCC 2015 Information Seminar

The NCC 2015 Information seminar hosted by the ABCB will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Monday 16 March 2015. The session commences at 9:30am and concludes at 12:30pm. Registration and receipt of handouts commences at 9:00am.

For further details, to register or find interstate seminar dates visit the ABCB website.

New occupational trade licence recognition website

An updated national occupational trade licence recognition website was launched on 9 December 2014.

The website provides easy-to-access information about how licences and registrations of occupational trades (and other vocationally trained occupations) are recognised in each state and territory.

For more information visit

Plumbing Advisory Notice

This notice provides advice about bath waste connections where there is no floor waste installed. It is worth noting that although the building rules may not require a floor waste if all vessels have overflows, a floor waste may still be required to meet plumbing requirements.

Under these circumstances, the floor may not need to be graded to the floor waste.

Development Regulations 2008

Schedule 4 - Complying development has been amended to make land division that gives effect to dwellings approved under clause 2B to be complying development (ResCode). This will enable all private certifiers to issue Development Plan Consent for such land divisions.

An advisory notice explaining the legislative changes has been issued by the Legislation Branch.

Government Gazette Issue #11/15 on 12 February 2015.

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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