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October 2016

DPTI Appointments

Mr Chris Kwong has been appointed Manager, Development Policy and Assessment within the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Chris has a strong understanding of the planning & development sector, is a lawyer by background and was instrumental in successfully introducing the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. The Department welcomes Chris and looks forward to his contribution and leadership during the development and implementation of the new planning system in South Australia.

South Australian representation

The departure of Andrew Grear from DPTI has meant a change to the South Australian representation on the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). The new delegate representing SA on the Board for strategic policy and governance is Ms Jodie Evans, Unit Manager Building Policy.

Ms Mary Andruchowycz, Senior Project Officer, Building Policy is now the SA representative on the Building Codes Committee (BCC) that advises the ABCB on technical matters.

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 - update

On 21 September 2016 the Minister for Planning introduced the Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Bill into Parliament.

The Bill is largely transitional in nature and enables the government to commence a coordinated, orderly and phased three to five year implementation program for the new planning system under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

A factsheet on the transition to the new planning system is now available on the planning reform website.

Latest news from the Office of the Technical Regulator

On 13 September 2016 the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) issued its latest Regulation Roundup #38 with information about the implementation of the electronic certificates of compliance (eCoC) system for electrical, gas and plumbing pracitioners.

Licenced practitioners can now register their details on the eCoC system however certificates will not be produced until regulation changes adopt the eCoC system in early 2017.

Interested practitioners can keep up to date with the changes in the Regulation Roundup newsletter issued by the OTR or from the electronic certificates of compliance webpage.

Advisory Notice - Building

Advisory Notice 08/16 - Design of non-structural building elements for seismic purposes

Upcoming training, seminars and events

October 2016

20 October: HIA - Construction induction card training 

20-21 October: Institute of Public Administration Australia - National Conference

20-21 October: Local Government Association - Creating our destiny

28 October: HIA - Waterproofing - Wet Areas

November / December 2016

13-15 November: International Conference on Asbestos Awareness & Management

This event brings together local and international experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance to look at what is best practice in managing the dangers of asbestos in the community and abroad.

16 November: Wallmans Lawyer's Local Government Property and Asset Management Forum

This seminar will discuss the recent changes resulting from the Real Property (Electronic Conveyancing) Amendment Act 2016.

18 November: HIA - Construction Induction Card Training

23 November: Master Builders Association (MBA) - Roof trusses

5-7 December: Australia Smart Cities and Infrastructure Forum

Adelaide has been identified as one of the 10 cities with the potential to become a 'smart city' in the next 3 years. Find out what a smart city is and what it will take for the transformation to occur. 

For more information and registration details, visit the Smart Cities 2016 website.

Call for Abstracts

7th International Conference on Building Resilience

Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction and management

The 7th International Conference on Building Resilience will be held on 27-29 November 2017 at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract submissions close on 10 January 2017. To submit an abstract or for more information about the conference, visit the conference website.

2017 Planning Congress

The 2017 National Planning Congress (the 50th Congress) is to be held on 3-5 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney NSW.

The theme for the congress is ‘Growing up, Growing out’, and will focus on growth, density, design, economic development, democracy and engagement in planning and disruption.

Contributions on these aspects of planning are welcome from all professionals involved in the built environment. 

Abstract submissions can be submitted via the PIA Abstract Portal.

Changes to Post-Installed and Cast-in Fastenings designed for use in Concrete

From 1 May 2016 a new standard SA TS101:2015 forms part of the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the Building Code of Australia for the design and installation of fastenings in concrete (Volume One - Clause B1.4(b)(iii), Volume Two - Clause 3.11.6(f)(iii)).

The standard is limited to the design of fastenings to concrete in safety-critical or non-critical applications and includes post-installed fasteners (mechanical and chemical) and cast-in anchor channels.

Building professionals including architects, engineers and certifiers should familiarise themselves with the requirements of this standard. Contractors and builders must use the appropriate fixings in accordance with the approved documentation during and seek approval from the relevant authority if a subsitution or variation is proposed.

Additional technical information is available from the Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchor Council (AEFAC).

Article of interest

World Disasters Report 2016 has been published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The report presents the latest thinking on disaster management, global disaster statistics and discusses strategies aimed at reducing impacts of future disasters, including consideration and enforcement of building codes and standards.

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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