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November 2016

Planning Commission - call for members

The Minister for Planning has initiated the recruitment process for the inaugural State Planning Commission to be established under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The Commission will be an independent statutory body responsible for shaping and implementing the state’s new planning system. It will also play a pivotal role in the formulation of the state’s planning, development and infrastructure policies as well as developing and implementing the new e-planning system.

Expressions of interest are sought for up to six members, including a Chair, from a broad range of disciplines with experience in:

  • economics, commerce or finance;
  • planning, urban design or architecture;
  • development or building construction;
  • provision or management of infrastructure or transport systems;
  • social or environmental policy or science;
  • local government, public administration or law

For further information including role statements and a summary of the roles and responsibilities of the Commission, visit the planning reform website.

The advertisment is also available from and submissions close midnight Monday 12 December 2016.

Regulation simplification

The Government’s inaugural Simplify Day was held on 15 November 2016. This day was set aside in Parliament to support business and industry by removing outdated and redundant legislation.

The Simplify Day Bill 2016 is the culmination of an intensive engagement strategy with the community, business, industry and government. It proposes the repeal of 11 obsolete Acts and amendments to 33 existing Acts and regulations.

To read more about the reforms, Simplify Day and future reforms visit the simplify day website.

To provide comments or ideas on this initiative, including red tape reduction reforms, contact the Simpler Regulation Unit via email or phone 08 8226 7077.

SA Planning Portal - Phase One

The first phase of the SA Planning Portal is now live!

Please take a look and give us your thoughts on how it looks and how the navigation and information provided works  – any feedback is appreciated.

Your thoughts can be submitted via the feedback form on the website.


2017 NCC Information Seminar

Registration is now open for for the Australian Building Codes Board's (ABCB) 2017 NCC Information Seminars. The seminars will be held in Adelaide on 6 March 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

For more information or to register, visit the ABCB seminar website.

Report - rainwater harvesting and use

The ABCB has published a report into rainwater harvesting and use. 

The report makes five recommendations for a national approach to rainwater harvesting and use including amending the Plumbing Code of Australia and developing a new ABCB handbook.

To view a copy of the report visit the ABCB website.

Consultation RIS: Fire hose reels for new office buildings

The ABCB has released a Consultation RIS on the assessment of the fire hose reel requirements for new (Class 5) office buildings. 

For further information visit the consultation website. Feedback can be provided by email to the ABCB.

The closing date for submissions is 16 December 2016.

Consultation RIS: Swimming pool pumps

The Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy is seeking feedback on a consultation RIS for swimming pool pumps.

The RIS examines ways to improve the energy efficiency of swimming pool pumps sold in Australia. One of the measures proposed includes energy rating labels and minimum energy performance standards for pumps.

For further information or to provide feedback visit the consultation websiteThe closing date for submissions is 21 December 2016.

CITF Act levy payment for staged developments

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) would like to remind all private certifiers and councils granting building rules consent, that it is a legal requirement that the levy under the Construction Industry Training Fund Act must be paid prior to consent being granted. 

This is particularly important when building rules consents are given for staged developments.

Recently it has become apparent that some certifiers and councils have been granting building rules consents for additional stages without ensuring the appropriate levy has been paid each time.

To manage levy payments for staged developments please email the CITB or call 08 8172 9500. For information about the levy visit the CITB website.

Christmas and New Year contact details

The Department will have limited staff available during the Christmas / New Year period from 23 December 2016 to 2 January 2017.

For any building related queries please email and we will answer your query as soon as possible.

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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