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June 2016

Government gazette notices

Recognition of a new accreditation authority for building surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have been recognised as an approved building industry accreditation authority for the purposes of regulations 87(6) and 91(2) of the Development Regulations 2008.

There are now two authorities recognised in South Australia. Recognition of both the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) and RICS has been published in the Government Gazette on 23 June 2016 (Issue 38/2016 page 2483).

Details of the RICS accreditation scheme can be found on their website or alternatively they can be contacted on 02 9216 2333.

Schedule 6 fee increase 2016-2017

The schedule 6 development application fees for the 2016-2017 financial year were published in the Government Gazette on 23 June 2016, for adoption on 1 July 2016. (Issue 37/2016 page 2274-2286).

Planning Advisory Notices 12a and 12b will be placed on the building advisory notices webpage when they become available. Advisory Notice 06/16 has previously been issued detailing the Construction Indices for 2016-2017.

Schedule 7 levy returns due

A reminder to private certifiers and councils that the 2nd quarter of the 2016 7% levy return under Schedules 6 and 7 of the Development Regulations 2008 is due 10 business days after 1 July 2016. A response should be forwarded even if there is a Nil return. Email responses can be forwarded to

Contact Planning Services on 08 7109 7052 to make credit card payments. Cheques should be made payable to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Registration obligations of private certifiers

In accordance with regulation 93A (6) of the Development Regulations 2008 a private certifier must provide relevant documentation and renewal fees to the Registration Authority on, or prior to, the anniversary date of their registration.

To assist with the registration process, the Department provides several reminders regarding the yearly registration renewal as well as the expiry of accreditation and professional indemnity insurance. 

Despite the number of reminders, complete documentation required for renewal purposes is not being received by the due dates.

From 1 July 2016, if complete documentation and payment has not been submitted by the expiry date, the Department will advise of the documentation required and remove the name of the private certifier from the Register of Private Certifiers. Statutory functions cannot be performed if accreditation, professional indemnity insurance and renewals are not in place.

Unless negotiated otherwise, the private certifier will then have two weeks to provide any outstanding documentation and payment. Should this not be received, a recommendation will be made to the Registration Authority to cancel the registration.

Should the private certifier wish to remain registered a new application form will need to be lodged. 

House Energy Rating Assessors

A reminder that the list of individuals who have obtained Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessments (formerly the register of House Energy Rating Assessors) will be removed from the Government of South Australia website on 1 July 2016.

Advisory Notice 01/16 has previously been issued in relation to this matter.

Relocation of the Building Policy Unit

The Building Policy Unit, along with a number of other units from the Development Policy and Assessment Section of the Department, have relocated to 211 Victoria Square, Adelaide. All phone, email and external postal addresses remain the same.

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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