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July 2015
Lacrosse Building fire

The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board has released a Post Incident Analysis Report concerning the building fire at the Lacrosse Docklands Residential Building on 25 November 2014. The Report raises a number of issues concerning the use of a non-conforming wall cladding and its suitability for use in buildings.

At its meeting on the 25 June 2015 the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) agreed to consider a risk-based approach to product compliance as part of a targeted review.

The ABCB will aim to address  product compliance issues that fall within the scope of the National Construction Code, which include but are not limited to the following–

  • Investigating appropriate testing methods;
  • Improving the Codemark Scheme; and
  • Developing a Product Compliance Handbook for practitioners

The Docklands fire incident has prompted an investigation by the Victorian Building Authority; and a Senate Inquiry into the effects of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry has also commenced.

As previously advised in Advisory Notice 12/14 Non-conforming building products, building surveyors are reminded to exercise caution and due diligence to ensure that building products and systems comply with the provisions of the National Construction Code. Further advice on this matter will be issued in due course.

Government Gazette Notices

The Development (Miscellaneous) Variation Regulations 2015 were gazetted on 25 June 2015 with immediate effect (#39/2015, pages 3091-3101). Legislation Advisory Notice 03/15 provides detail on the amendments.

Amendments to the regulation 74 supervisor's checklists and schedule 5 list of truss information were gazetted on 30 June 2015 with immediate effect.(#41/2015, pages 3322-3330)

Advisory Notices

Planning Advisory Notice 12a - Development application fees 2015/16

Planning Advisory Notice 12b - Development application fees: distribution of fees 2015/16

Legislation Advisory Notice 03/15 Development (Miscellaneous) Variation Regulations 2015

Expressions of interest for membership on the BRAC

Expressions of interest for membership are being sought for the next term of the Building Rules Assessment Commission (BRAC) to commence from 1 September 2015. 

Visit the Development Assessment Commission website for further information about the BRAC; eligibility criteria and contact information are detailed in the expressions of interest advertisement. Applications should be received by 17 July 2015.

Schedule 7 levy returns due

A reminder to private certifiers and councils that the 2nd quarter of 2015 7% levy return under Schedule 6 and 7 of the Development Regulations 2008 is due within 10 business days from 1 July 2015. A response should be forwarded even if there is a Nil return.

Credit card payments can be made to Planning Services, telephone 08 7109 7018. Cheques should be made payable to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

New SA Map Viewer

The new Location SA Map Viewer was launched this week as the central repository for government spatial data. The Viewer provides specific information relating to the development and building sector, including:

  • planning development zones
  • wind speed zones
  • bushfire protection areas

Additional information is also available relating to:

  • traffic volumes
  • earthquake locations in SA since 1836
  • marine parks
  • high school zones
  • nearest shipwrecks
  • walking and bike trails and more

160 government datasets are currently available to view and more will be added over time. Click 'take a tour' under the help menu for advice on how to use the Viewer.

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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