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November 2016

Public Consultation

Minister's Code for upgrading health and safety in existing buildings

On 1 May 2016 state variations to the National Construction Code introduced certain concessions for small arts venues (buildings used for cultural, arts and performance purposes). These concessions were the first initiative of a strategy to encourage the reactivation of existing buildings and spaces.

The second initiative of the strategy is the release of a draft Minister’s Code for upgrading health and safety in existing buildings (the Code) which provides clarification on the extent of upgrading required when triggered by the Development Act 1993, including when buildings are being altered, reclassified or found to be in an unhealthy, unsound or unsafe condition.

The Minister for Planning has issued a Media Release in relation to the Code.

The Code and a survey questionnaire are available from the building consultation webpage on the Government of South Australia website.

Submissions on the Code should be received by 6 January 2017.

Non-conforming building products - update

On 11 October 2016, the Senate agreed to the Senate Economics References Committee's recommendation that the inquiry into non-conforming building products be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament. 

On 13 October 2016, the committee resolved to re-open submissions and broaden the inquiry to address the illegal importation of products containing asbestos. Additional terms of reference were adopted.

An interim report was published on 18 October 2016.

Submissions on the inquiry close on 1 December 2016 and the committee is anticipated to issue its final report by 25 May 2017.

Upcoming event

1 December: 2016 Zone Emergency Management Symposium

This all day event will be held at Morphetville Junction, 470 Anzac Highway, Camden Park Adelaide and will include presentations on the following topics:

  • Resilient Australia Awards
  • SAHMRI Building resilience and wellbeing on a state scale
  • case study - Adelaide Hills Council’s experience of the impact of repeated events
  • best practise in compiling the supporting evidence for disaster assistance
  • research on community experience of the Sampson Flat fire

For a detailed program or to register, email the State Emergency Services headquarters at by 22 November 2016.

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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