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June 2017

Inaugural State Planning Commission appointed

On Tuesday 30 May 2017, His Excellency the Governor in Executive Council formally appointed the remaining members of the inaugural State Planning Commission. Details of the appointments and the role of the Commisison were announced in the Planning and Development Directorate e-newsletter Planning Ahead:

A Media Release was also issued detailing the appointments. The State Planning Commission website was also launched which provides information about the Commission and its focus over the coming years.

To receive regular updates on the Commission and latest Planning and Development news, subscribe to the Planning Ahead newsletter via the SA Planning Portal.

Barriers to ‘Adaptive Reuse’ of Obsolete Buildings in Australia - PhD student survey

Research is being conducted at the University of Adelaide on key barriers to the feasibility of ‘change-of-use’ conversions of non-heritage buildings within Australia.

Participation is welcome from all stakeholders involved in adaptive reuse developments, including regulation officials, building owners and built environment consultants. Interested stakeholders are invited to share their professional views and experience in this anonymised survey.

PhD student Gillian Armstrong of the University of Adelaide, South Australia is leading this research. For further information, please contact

Results of the research will be made available to participants at the end of the study.

Australian Building Codes Board

Advisory Notice

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) have issued an Advisory Notice detailing the end of transition period for several referenced Australian Standards.

WaterMark Product database

An improved WaterMark Product database has been launched on the ABCB website. It was developed following feedback from stakeholders and a subsequent decision by the Building Ministers' Forum at its 31 July 2015 meeting.

The new database has an improved look and functionality to enable better searching and filtering of WaterMark certificates and products.

Visit the WaterMark Product database website for more information.

Building Ministers Forum

The Building Ministers' Forum met on Friday 21 April 2017 to discuss and agree on a range of building, plumbing and construction related matters affecting the wider Australian community.

Refer to the Building Ministers' Forum Communique for details of outcome.

Training events and seminars

Web training courses - fire safety systems

Training events for building surveyors are detailed on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors training and events webpage. Upcoming web classes explores best practice in undertaking and providing compliance in fire systems/servicesUpcoming topics include:

  • Facade compliance (8 June 2017)
  • Electrical fire services (29 June 2017)

Previous topics include wet fire protection, dry passive fire protection and fire separation. All previous web classes in the series are available on the RICS website.

Housing Industry Association SA

Training events for practitioners are detailed on the Housing Industry Association SA training webpage. Upcoming courses include:

  • Waterproofing - Wet Areas (14 June 2017)
  • Waterproofing - External (15 June 2017)
  • Understanding the Timber Framing Code (16 June 2017)
  • Construction Induction Card Training (30 June 2017)
  • Residential Building Codes (04 July 2017)
Master Builders SA

Training events for practitioners are detailed on the Master Builders SA training webpage. Upcoming courses include:

  • Roof Trusses (13 June 2017)
  • Timber Framing Code (commencing 19 June 2017)
  • Building Inspections and Report Writing (11 - 12 July 2017)
  • Apply Building Codes and Standards (commencing 26 July 2017)
  • Wet Area Waterproofing - Internal (10 August 2017)
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

Training events for building surveyors are detailed on the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors events and training webpageUpcoming training sessions in Adelaide include:

  • Private certification: the evolution continues (6 July 2017)
  • Dampness, weather, fire and compliance (15 August 2017)

There is also a training session in Port Augusta:

  • Dampness, weather, fire and compliance (16 August 2017)

7% Levy Return for Private Certifiers

A reminder to private certifiers that the 3rd quarter of the 2017 7% levy return under Schedules 6 and 7 of the Development Regulations 2008 is due 10 business days after 1 July 2017. A response should be forwarded even if there is a Nil return. Email responses can be forwarded to

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

Construction Industry Training Fund Levy

The state government has introduced a regulation to significantly increase the value of projects that are subject to the Construction Industry Training Fund (CITF) levy, from $15,000 to $40,000. This removes the need for a levy to be paid on smaller building projects such as pergolas, sheds and other minor improvements.

Following a comprehensive review in 2016, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) made the change to the levy threshold.

The change will commence on 1 July 2017 and is a positive measure to reduce 'red tape' for small building jobs, whilst enabling the CITB to continue to provide support funding to the industry.


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