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