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October 2016

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 - update

The recent Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Bill has passed the House of Assembly and has been received by the Legislative Council of 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.

Transitioning to the new system

The Act is supported by a Government commitment of $25.8 million to fund its implementation, including the introduction of a new ePlanning portal.

A formal collaborative advisory team, chaired by the Minister for Planning, has been established to guide the implementation of the new system. The team consists of representatives from the following:

  • Local Government Association of South Australia
  • Master Builders Association of South Australia
  • Property Council of Australia (PCA) - SA Division
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) - SA Division

The Department will be engaging with stakeholders through:

  • Presentations to interest groups
  • Workshops
  • Printed materials and factsheets
  • Events and seminars
  • Education videos and on-line training material (as they are developed)

The implementation program will only be achieved with the support of the wider planning community. DPTI are creating a range of opportunities for people to participate in the implementation process, including working with the department through secondment, contributing to workshops and think tanks, assisting with the development and testing of new planning instruments and processes and through general feedback.

For details on the preliminary implementation program and to remain updated on the progress of delivering the new planning system, including the new ePlanning portal - which is anticipated to become active in November 2016, visit the planning reform website.

Declaration of open data

Government data and datasets

In September 2013, the Premier announced a Declaration of Open Data to proactively make government data available for use by business and the community. 

Data.SA is the South Australian Government Data Directory and hosts a wide range of spatial and tabular datasets. 

DPTI currently hosts 67 datasets and currently rates as the most active organisation when it comes to contributing new datasets. Some recent contributions from Planning include; Metropolitan Adelaide Boundary, Earthquake hazard zones, Corrosion environments & Residential Broadhectare land.

Users can view any selected spatial dataset in the LocationSA Map viewer and there are numerous formats for downloading. A wide range of other data is also available to explore.

Government Gazette notices

The Development (Diplomatic Missions) Variation Regulations 2016 were gazetted on15 September 2016 in the Government Gazette (issue 55/2016 pages 3746-3748) and include changes to Schedule 1a of the Development Regulations 2008.

Mid-rise timber buildings - technical design guides

Forest and Wood Products Australia have developed and released two Technical Design Guides (TDGs) which are now available free from the WoodSolutions website.

The guides detail the steps to achieving fire and sound performance targets and provide explanation on the basis for the changes to NCC 2016 when using fire-protected timber elements in the construction of mid-rise buildings up to 25 metres in effective height.

The Guides available are:

Seminars and training


A symposium presenting the final results of the Forecasting and scenario planning for integrated energy, transport, waste and water project will be held at the Bradley Forum at the University of South Australia’s City West Campus in Adelaide from 9am - 4.30pm on 29 November 2016.

draft program on the symposium includes presentations and discussions on the project's modelling approach and forecasting methodologies, integration of model elements, demand and carbon impacts, case studies and industry perspectives.

For further information and to register email the project coordinatorRegistrations close 4 November 2016.

Modular Construction and Prefabrication conference

The 2nd Annual Modular Construction and Prefabrication ANZ conference will be held from 28 Feb - 2 March 2017 at the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney NSW.

The theme is “Scaling New Heights in Building Technology” and will focus on the innovative design techniques and technologies that will aid and accelerate the adoption and implementation of modular and prefabricated construction methodology in the ANZ construction industry.

NCC Information Seminars

The ABCB are hosting a half day presentation on the use and application of the BCA, information on fire safety in high rise buildings, product certification and the latest updates on Australian Standards.

The seminar will be held in Adelaide on Monday 6 March 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. Information sessions will also be held in all other capital cities.

Webcasts of the seminars will again be made available post event. Registrations are due to open in late November, visit the latest news page on the ABCB website for more details.

We're changing!

The past 2 years has been great for electronic newsletter The Building Standard. Building Policy has been providing you with information relevant to building practitioners and industry stakeholders.

It’s now time to focus on the future development and planning reform picture. In the coming editions, you will notice some exciting changes happening to the format and content of this e-newsletter.

While all building rules specific content will remain, the scope of the e-newsletter will be broadening to include all other areas within DPTI’s Planning and Development area.

Stay tuned...

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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